Special Correspondent

Njelianparamba residents seek steps to tackle stink and unsanitary conditions.

KOZHIKODE: Residents of Njelianparamba have warned that they will intensify agitation if the Corporation does not take steps to mitigate hardships caused by its waste-dumping yard.

The action committee, formed by the residents to press for measures to improve conditions at the dumping yard, has been campaigning for support of political parties for their agitation. K.P. Hariss, a spokesman for the committee, said on Saturday that all parties, except the CPI(M) which controls the Cheruvannur-Nallalam panchayat where the problem exists, had backed the agitation.

Mr. Hariss said apart from the unbearable stink and dirty water flowing out of the dumping yard, they now had to contend with a spurt in infectious diseases in the locality. People blame the unsanitary conditions on the garbage yard premises for the situation.

To the Chaliyar

Mr. Hariss said contaminated water from Njelianparamba continued to flow through a canal to Mundapadam and from there into the Chaliyar River.

Three years ago, local people, angry at the failure of the authorities to act on their complaint, had blocked the Corporation’s vehicles that bring garbage to the Njelianparamba. This had resulted in garbage piling up in many places in the city.

P.C. Rajan, president of the panchayat, admitted that living conditions around the dumping yard was far from satisfactory.

But he was hopeful that the situation would improve when measures promised by the government were implemented.

Government’s promises

These steps were decided by the LDF government in consultation with the local people in March 2007.

Treatment plant

New drainage and roads were to be built and a treatment plant to remove dirt from waste water from the Njelianparamba waste yard were among these measures. These are in various stages of implementation.

The panchayat president said “it would take one and a half to two years to implement all the promised measures.”