The civic body has also instructed that Municipal Solid Waste Handling Rules should be closely followed by the Navy

Refuse from Aluva municipality and the Naval Base will be scientifically processed at the solid waste treatment plant of the Kochi Corporation at Brahmapuram soon.

In this regard, the Aluva municipality will ink a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kochi Corporation next week.

“The Corporation council has given the approval for processing biodegradable garbage from the Naval Base,” said T.K. Ashraf, chairman of the Health Standing committee of the Kochi Corporation. The Corporation will charge Rs. 1,000 a tonne as processing fee.

The civic authorities have suggested that a MoU should be signed for treating wastes from the Naval Base.

Guidelines issued

The Corporation has issued a series of guidelines for treating refuse at its site including segregation of waste into biodegradable and non-degradable wastes. Plastic, e-waste and toxic waste cannot be brought to the plant. The Navy should take up the responsibility of transporting the waste in vehicles certified by the Naval Base authorities.

The civic body has also instructed that Municipal Solid Waste Handling Rules of 2000 should be closely followed by the Navy while using the facility.

It has been quantified that around 10 tonnes of waste would be generated every day from the Naval Base. According to civic administrators, the corporation will also insist that the processing fee for at least three months should be remitted in advance for processing the garbage.

Earlier, the civic body used the land in possession of the Indian Navy for burying refuse as the waste management in the city had hit a roadblock. Though the Navy permitted the use of its land for sometime, it raised objections on security grounds. It feared that the increased presence of birds in its area would pose serious risks to its aircraft.

As the naval authorities expressed their discontent, the civic authorities sought the support of Defence Minister A.K. Antony for extending the permission for using the site to dump waste.

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