The Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice P.R. Ramachandra Menon referred the issues to the mediation centre when a petition filed by the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation seeking a directive to deploy Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for implementing the court order on providing police protection for treatment of waste at the plant came up for hearing.
The court directed the Secretary, Local Self-Governance Department; Secretary, Thiruvananthapuram Corporation; and the president and Secretary of the Vilappil grama panchayat to appear on March 1 before the mediation centre for amicably settling the issues.
The Bench was of the opinion that , the issues could be properly resolved through an amicable settlement if mediation method was adopted.
When the petition came up for hearing, the Advocate General suggested that the issues need to be resolved thorough mediation as the issues involved were sensitive ones. The police could not fully implement the order since a large number of agitated people in Vilappil, including women and girls, had gathered and resisted the attempts to take waste to the plant.
The City Corporation had said in its petition that the police had not provided protection for taking the leachate plant machinery that was brought from Pune to the Vilappilsala plant and implementing the High Court's directives.
Special Correspondent writes from Kochi: The Vilappilsala Janakeeya Samiti has hailed the High Court's decision to leave the row over the garbage plant for mediation, terming it a vindication of its stand. The Samiti has asked that its functionaries be made a party to the mediation.
‘Blockade to continue'
Mr. Burhanuddin, president of the Samiti, toldThe Hinduthat the blockade of garbage trucks would continue until the government executed its December 21, 2011, decision for the shutdown of the garbage processing plant which had faced people's ire for 11 years.
He also wanted the government to pay compensation to the people who had “suffered various illnesses caused by the treatment plant.”