Staff Reporter

Port Trust refuses to allow dumping at Kundannoor site

Corporation unable to find place for stocking

non-degradable waste

Crisis may affect prospect of holding Ocean

Race, says Mayor

KOCHI: As plastic waste management has becoming a major headache in the city, the Kochi Corporation has approached the Cochin Port Trust (CPT) with a request for obtaining land for storing the non-degradable refuse.

The Corporation had repeatedly requested the CPT to permit the civic body to stock plastic waste at some of its sites till the plastic recycling plant of the Corporation becomes operational, said Mayor Mercy Williams.

The proposal is to bundle the plastic waste and stock it at some of the holdings owned by the CPT.

Though the Corporation had identified a plot of the trust near Kundannoor, the trust officials told the Corporation that it had leased out the plot earlier, she said.

Despite repeated appeals, the trust has not responded to the Corporation’s request.

If the Port Trust refuses to allow the stocking, plastic waste removal from the city roads would become difficult and it may even affect the prospect of the city during the Volvo Ocean Race, she said.

The Kochi Corporation had earlier expressed its inability to find a place for storing the refuse on its own as all its attempts in this direction were greeted with stiff public resistance.

Repair works

The repairing of the roads in the city will begin once the rain ends.

The repair works will be carried out using the maintenance funds of the Corporation.

Though the authorities including the State government and the Trust had suggested that the Corporation should take up the city beautification and cleanliness as part of the Race preparedness, the civic authorities have not received any offer for financial support.

Meeting today

Neither the government nor the Trust has made any commitments or offer regarding the financial support for the beautification programmes.

A meeting of the various Heads of Departments of the Corporation has been convened on Wednesday to prepare an estimate of the works. Once the estimate is finalised, the Corporation will approach the State government for financial assistance, Ms. Williams said.