Friday, February 24, 2012

Garbage issue rocks council meeting

Staff Reporter

The Corporation council meeting on Thursday witnessed uproarious scenes as the Opposition councillors walked out of the council in protest against delay in finding solution for garbage issue in the city. “The stinking city symbolises the ineptitude of Mayor and his team,” the Opposition alleged. They sought resignation of Mayor I.P. Paul and Standing Committee Chairman (Health) C.S. Srinivasan. The Mayor quipped back: “The LDF, which could not resolve the issue in the last five years had no morale right to criticise the UDF council. The UDF-led council, in its short period of ruling, has made a remarkable progress in solving the issue.”
He thanked Chief Minister Oommen Chandy for allotting Rs. 12 crore for solving the Lalur garbage issue.
“The Chief Minister has approved the project for using the accumulated garbage at Lalur for construction of the Pullazhy-Kannoth bund road. The Corporation will initiate steps to remove the garbage from Lalur dumping yard soon,” he said. He added that decentralisation of garbage treatment was the policy of the Corporation and the civic body would go ahead with the implementation of Lalur Model Project for Solid Waste Management.
Addressing the council, Mr. Srinivasan said the Corporation would urge the District Collector to acquire 1.32 acres of encroached land near Lalur dumping yard.
Meanwhile, PWD officials visited Lalur dumping yard on Thursday. “The Department will submit a project report in one week on construction of the Pullazhy-Kannothe bund road using the Lalur garbage,” said PWD Superintending engineer S. Humayun. The garbage would be used for road construction after removing the plastic waste. The eight-km bund road construction would cost Rs. 20 crore, he said.
Meanwhile, the huger strike of social activist K. Venu completed 10 days on Thursday. The activist, who was shifted to the district hospital by the police on Wednesday, has been continuing his fast in the hospital.
Protest by panel
An all-party monitoring committee meeting in the evening suggested the civic body to find areas within the Corporation limit to treat the city garbage. The committee criticised the decision taken by the meeting chaired by the Chief Minister to use the garbage at Lalur for constructing Pullazhy-Kannothe bund road. “It is improper to dump waste generated by the city in some other panchayat. The corporation should find areas in the city itself for treating its waste,” the meeting suggested.