District panchayat's waste management programme

The district panchayat in association with the Total Sanitation Cell is set to implement source-level solid waste management projects in eight schools and three hospitals in the district.

Tendering process for the Rs.21.41-lakh project had been completed and works would begin soon, Suchitwa Mission secretary V.S. Santhosh Kumar said. Kerala Agro Industries Corporation Ltd., which was the lowest bidder, will be the implementing agency. The scheme includes construction of biogas plants of varying capacities at these institutions.

The Neyyattinkara District Hospital; District Ayurveda Hospital, Varkala; and District Homoeo Hospital, Fort; are the three hospitals where biogas plants will be installed. While a 500 kg a day capacity plant will be installed at Neyyattinkara District Hospital at a cost of Rs.7.41 lakh, at the District Ayurveda Hospital and the District Homeo Hospital 200 kg a day capacity plants will be installed at a cost of Rs.6 lakh.

Apart from this, biogas plants having a capacity to process 50 kg a day will be installed in eight schools in the district at a cost of Rs.1 lakh each. The Government Higher Secondary School (HSS), Punnamoodu; Government Vocational Higher Secondary School (VHSS), Vellanad; Government HSS, Venjaramoodu; Government HSS, Narayimuttam; Government VHSS, Njekkadu; Government HSS, Kilimanoor; Governemnt VHSS, Paruthipally; and Government VHSS, Kallara; are the schools in which the plants will be installed.

An official of Kerala Agro Industries Corporation Ltd said that works on the plant would begin as soon as the Corporation receives the work order from the cell. ‘‘We will not take up the works on all the plants at one go. Rather the construction of one or two plants will be done simultaneously. In all, it might take around four months to complete all the 11 projects,'' the official said.

District panchayat president Remani P. Nair said the source-level solid waste management project would be extended to more schools in the next financial year.