Voicing their anxiety and protest against the garbage-induced human rights violations, activists across the State conducted a mass agitation in front of the Thrissur Corporation office on Wednesday. Agitators have come from Vilappilsala, Thottippalam, Njelianparambu, Vadavathur, Kureeppuzha, Chakkumkandam and Pettippalam to express solidarity with the residents of Lalur, Thrissur Corporations' garbage dumping site.
Addressing the public meeting, human rights activist C.R. Neelakandan said politicians and bureaucrats with vested interests were scuttling the attempts to find solution for garbage issues through out the State. “The agitation of Lalur residents for their basic right to live a dignified life has the support of the entire country. City Corporation has failed to fulfil its fundamental duties,” he said.
Lack of political will and corruption hindered the waste treatment projects. Troubles at Lalur had become a political issue than a waste management problem, the speakers pointed out.Responding to promises made by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy inThiruvananthapuram on Wednesday, Lalur Malineekarana Virudhha Samara Samithy chairman T.K. Vasu said : “It was nothing but an eye wash. The Chief Minister repeated the promises, which he made at the high-level meeting in last November. If he was serious on his promises he would have intervened in the issue much before.”
Mr. Vasu flayed the police action against the fasting social activist K. Venu as a blot on democracy. “Lalur residents were victims of the centralised waste management system. There is a need to create an alternative culture of decentralised waste management with segregation of waste at the source,” he said. For more than two decades, about 400 families have been fighting for their right to hygienic living conditions.
An emergency meeting held by District Collector P.M. Francis on Wednesday night took decision to use accumulated garbage at Lalur dumping yard for the construction of Venkidangu-Kannoth Road. An official declaration on this will be made at an all-party meeting on Thursday.