As many as 42 truckloads of garbage from the city were transported to Murukkumpuzha in the last four days to be used as filler material for the railway platform extension work.

With solid-waste filling for the construction of platform at Murukkumpuzha railway station reaching saturation level, the waste management crisis in the city has fallen back to square one.

The last load of garbage to Murukkumpuzha was taken on Wednesday afternoon. As many as 42 truckloads of garbage from the city were transported to Murukkumpuzha in the last four days to be used as filler material for the railway platform extension work.

“This was only meant as a temporary solution. The stretch of platform that needed to be extended was smaller compared to the one at Kochuveli railway station. Since that stretch has been filled completely with compacted layers of solid waste and sand we cannot take anymore garbage to Murukkumpuzha,” said Corporation health officer D. Sreekumar.

Meanwhile, a section of local residents also staged a protest near the Murukkumpuzha railway station demanding that the Corporation stop the transportation of garbage to the station. Mr. Sreekumar, however, said that the civic body had by then decided to wind up the garbage filling work at the railway station.

With the Murukkumpuzha operation also coming to an end, removal of garbage in the city will come to a halt once again. As of now, neither the Corporation nor the State government has any alternative plan or arrangement to deal with the accumulated solid waste in the city.

Government’s stance

While the State government officials are trying to revive the Kochuveli platform construction project, the Corporation is adamant about not taking anymore garbage to Kochuveli. “There is practical difficulty in taking garbage to Kochuveli as it is impossible for the garbage trucks to reach the spot because of the narrow path. There are other hindrances such as electrical lines and posts through which we cannot take the compacter. So it is no more feasible there,” Mr. Sreekumar said.

However, an official of Suchitwa Mission said that Railways continued to pitch for the Kochuveli project which remained unfinished. “Railway officials said that there is still scope for garbage filling at Kochuveli. They have also not made any other proposal. So we are trying to find out if the Kochuveli project can be revamped after removing the hindrances,” a Suchitwa Mission official said.

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