Government asked to file affidavit

Court might consider dissolving the council

Kochi: A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court expressed its displeasure with the Kochi Corporation for not taking steps to remove garbage piled up in the city.

The Bench comprising Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice K.T. Sankaran directed the Government to file an affidavit regarding the steps taken to implement the earlier directives of the court on removal of garbage.

The court made the observations while considering a petition filed by the Centre for Consumer Studies.

The petitioner pointed out that the court had earlier directed the Corporation to file monthly reports on the progress of the construction of the Brahmapuram plant and the steps taken to remove the solid waste. The Corporation had not filed reports since March.

The petitioner pointed out that the Corporation should give top priority to the removal of the solid waste and garbage in view of the outbreak of chikungunya.

When the petition came up for hearing on Wednesday, the Bench pointed out that the functioning of the court was paralysed for an hour because of the stench emanating from the garbage lying on the nearby road.

The court said that if it was not satisfied with the affidavit, it would consider taking action under Section 64 of the Municipalities Act for dissolving the council. The court also indicated that inaction on the part of the Corporation would amount to contempt of court.

In his report, Advocate Commissioner P.B. Sahasranaman pointed out that the Corporation had not filed any affidavit on the progress of the work on the waste disposal plant at Brahmapuram. Mr. Sahasranaman said it had received a mass petition from a group of women lawyers stating that since the onset of the monsoon, there was a foul smell in the corridors of the High Court building which made them retch.

The women lawyers pointed out that the smell stemmed from a nearby place where the corporation dumped solid waste.

On the basis of the complaint, he inspected nearby places at Marine Drive behind the High Court Buildings and found that the corporation was dumping waste on a piece of land that lay around 120 m from the northern side of the High Court, adjacent to the property of the KSHB.

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