The Ernakulam District Environment Committee has accused the Aluva municipality of having taken an irresponsible stance on the issue of solid waste processing.

An official release issued by the convener of the committee said on Monday that the municipality had not taken any steps to process the solid waste generated in the region.

Solid waste has piled up in many areas including the banks of the Periyar river. The municipality's slaughter house is functioning even after getting a notice from the State Pollution Control Board to close down its operations.

The release said that the municipality has been dumping waste on the banks of the Periyar near the Aluva market. The board had found out during its inspection on June 18 that the sewage treatment plant of the municipality is not working.

Members of the environment committee pointed out that the situation has turned worse following the stance taken by the municipality in tackling the solid waste menace. It also condemned the inaction on the part of the municipality in addressing the issue even after receiving several directives from the board.

The committee has asked the municipality to initiate immediate steps to resolve the garbage problem.

It has also urged the board to take action against the municipality, if it fails to shut down the slaughter house immediately.

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