Minister for Urban Affairs Manjalamkuzhi Ali visited the Muttathara sewage treatment plant in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday to assess the final phase of developmental activities there.

He instructed officials to speed up the activities so that the new plant could be inaugurated by the first week of December.

The Muttathara plant was the first of its kind in the State to be transformed into a model one. The public would be given a chance to visit the plant and understand its operations, he said.

It had been decided to build a garden and compound wall as part of the beautification of the plant premises. The treated water from the plant was now being pumped out into the Parvathi Puthanar. But with the commissioning of the final phase, this water could be used to water the plants and for other constructive purposes, Mr. Ali said.

The plant which had a capacity of 107 million litres was now storing around 40 million litres of waste water. A mechanism to convert the solid waste from the plant to manure would be set up with the permission of the Agriculture Department. Mr. Ali was accompanied by Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar, Mayor K. Chandrika, and V. Sivankutty, MLA.