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Delay in implementing LAMPS criticised

Eco-concerns:Writer and social activist Parvathy Pavanan addressing a convention on the garbage issue in Thrissur on Sunday.
Eco-concerns:Writer and social activist Parvathy Pavanan addressing a convention on the garbage issue in Thrissur on Sunday.

A convention of various organisations, which fight against garbage-induced health and environmental issues, has called for an intensified agitation at the state-level against the growing garbage menace.

Writer and social activist Parvathy Pavanan inaugurated the convention organised by the Lalur Malinineekarana Viruddha Samara Samithy.

The convention condemned the inordinate delay in implementing the Lalur Model Project for Solid Waste Management (LAMPS).

It alleged that some politicians with vested interests were trying to torpedo the project.

The convention was held here as pat of the year-long agitation organised by the Samara Samithy in connection with its 25th anniversary.

Addressing the meeting Samara Samithy leader T.K. Vasu said that it was unfortunate that the decade-long agitation of Lalur residents for their basic right to hygienic living conditions had not yielded results.

“So far, 15 people have died due to health issues caused by environmental pollution. The Pollution Control Board has sealed 54 wells in Lalur. The garbage-induced problems still continue despite our series of protests, satyagrahas, discussions and negotiations,” he added.

He alleged that Lalur residents were victims of the Corporation's distorted vision of development.

‘Lalurinu Parayanullathu’, a docu-film on sufferings of the residents of Lalur, the Thrissur Corporation’s garbage dumping yard, was released here on Sunday.

The film, directed by Satheesh Kalathil, narrates the ordeal of Lalur residents, who have been bearing the burden of the entire city’s garbage for more than six decades.

“Why should we live in filth for the convenience of the city dwellers,” they ask.

Environmental activists Medha Patkar, Binayak Sen, B.D. Sarma, Sara Joseph, K. Venu, Ajitha, and C.R. Neelakandan share their concerns about the garbage issue in the film.

Journalist Bhasi Pangil has written the script and dialogues. Joseph Panengadan has produced the film under the banner of Digital Film Makers Forum.

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