The state government has constituted an expert sub-committee to inspect the land identified for the construction of a leachate treatment tank for the Kollam-Kareeppuzha garbage treatment plant.

This was decided at a meeting convened by Labour Minister Shibu Baby John on Wednesday, in the backdrop of the recent police action against protestors at Kareeppuzha.

The sub-committee conducting the inspection will comprise of officials from Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project (KSUDP), Pollution Control Board and Suchitwa Mission. Mr John said that the state government intends to tackle the garbage treatment crisis without affecting the local residents of the area and public.

Urban Affairs Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty said in the meeting that the state government will do everything that is humanely possible to resolve the crisis.

He added that the government is planning to implement various decentralised garbage treatment projects including installation of mobile incinerator and biogas plants. He added that the state government has taken a stand that funds should not be a problem for resolving garbage management issues in the state.

Kollam mayor Prassanna Augustine explained the steps taken by the Kollam Corporation in dealing with garbage accumulation in the city.

District collector P.G. Thomas, ASP Thomson Jose, local self government department secretary Rajesh Kumar Singh, Kollam Corporation councillors and Suchitwa Mission executive director George Chackacherry were also present at the meeting.