A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Wednesday sent the issues relating to the waste treatment in the Vilappilsala solid waste treatment plant to the mediation centre of the High Court for an amicable solution.
The Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice P.R.Ramachandra Menon referred the issues to the mediation centre when a petition filed by the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation seeking a directive to deploy Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for implementing the court order on providing police protection for treatment of waste came up for hearing.
The court directed the Secretary, Local self-government department, Thiruvananthapuram Corporation Secretary and the President and Secretary of the Vilappil Panchayat to appear on March 1 before the mediation centre for amicably settling the issues.
The Bench was of the opinion that having regard to the sensitive issues involved in the case, these could be properly resolved through an amicable settlement if mediation method was adopted.
When the petition came up for hearing, the Advocate General suggested that the issues need to be resolved thorough mediation since they were sensitive ones. The police could not fully implement the order since a large number of agitated people in Vilappil including women and girls had gathered and resisted the attempts to bring waste to the plant.
The corporation had said in its petition that the police had not provided protection for bringing the leachate plant machinery from Pune to the Vilappilsala plant and implemented the court directives.