The Moolampilly Coordination Committee has hailed the ongoing ‘democratic, non-partisan, secular' agitation launched by the residents of Vilappilsala in Thiruvananthapuram district.
In a statement, the committee said the agitation against dumping of urban garbage at Vilappilsala would have the full support of the people of Moolampilly who had been evicted for laying a road to the Vallarpadam transhipment project.
The coordination committee praised the Vilappilsala agitators for recognising that the mainstream political parties had duped them and for launching an agitation of their own cutting across religious, political, and class differences. It wanted the government to adopt a positive approach to the agitation.
In Thrissur
Staff Reporter writes from Thrissur: Moving through city roads has largely become a disgusting experience these days as the city is sans a sanitation system for over three weeks now.
Be it Sakthan Nagar, in the heart of the city, or areas such as Patturaikkal, Poonkunnam, Shoranur Road, East Fort or West Fort, garbage heaps can be found right on the roads.
Garbage disposal from the Thrissur Corporation areas had remained halted for the last three weeks owing to protest from the residents of Lalur, Thrissur Corporation's garbage dumping site.
Following the prolonged agitation, tonnes of garbage have piled up in every street and corner of the city. An estimated 160 tonnes of waste is being generated in the corporation limits every day.
“We have to cover our nose with handkerchief due to stench from garbage heaps while going to school,” says P. Rachana, student of Vivekodhayam Girls High School.
Meanwhile, the Corporation called an all-party meeting on Wednesday to reach a political consensus on the issue. Mayor I.P Paul said the Corporation was trying its best to find a solution for the problem. “We understand the problem of Lalur residents. We are trying to get a place to shift the accumulated waste from Lalur. But availability of space is a huge problem in the corporation limit,” he said.
Same in Kottayam
Staff Reporter writes from Kottayam: The Pala LDF municipal mandalam committee, which has been spearheading an agitation against the municipal waste dumping ground at Kanattupara for the past 41 days has decided to intensify the agitation.
Benny Myladdor, NCP member of the Pala Municipality, said the LDF would form a human chain from the municipal office to the residence of Kerala Congress (M) leader K.M. Mani on Tuesday evening in protest against what he termed the ‘apathy' of the KC(M) leadership on the issue.