Staff Reporter

Panchayat files statement before court

  • Kozhikode Corporation yet to file statement
  • Hearing in the case posted to August 24

    Kozhikode: The Nallalam - Cheruvannur grama panchayat on Tuesday submitted a statement to the Kozhikode Additional Sub Court-III saying that the civic body had not given a licence to the Kozhikode Corporation to run a solid waste treatment plant at Njeliyanparamba.

    C.K. Vijayakumar, grama panchayat secretary, submitted the statement before the Court in response to interrogatories filed by the Council for Environment Conservation last week.

    The statement said the existing treatment plant did not have a licence or the approval of the panchayat.

    No approval had been given to the Corporation to run the old treatment plant, to set up a trenching yard and start fresh construction activities at Njeliyanparamba. It said the Corporation had purchased land at Njeliyanparamba for treating sewage years ago.

    A licence had also been given for a building on the site by the grama panchayat then.

    On March 18, 2005 and on June 29, 2006, the Minister for Local Administration had convened a meeting in the State capital on the Njeliyanparamba issue. But no permission was given to construct a new treatment yard.

    The Kozhikode Corporation is yet to file a reply in response to the interrogatories.

    It had also sought an extension to file a statement to argue the findings based on the report of the Advocate Commission. The commission submitted the report on July 25.Further hearing in the case has been posted to August 24.