A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Friday directed the Kochi Corporation to create a buffer zone of 100 ft width on the banks of Kadambrayar near Brahmapuram to abate the pollution caused from the solid waste treatment plant.

The Bench comprising Justice C.N. Ramachandran Nair and Justice K. Vinod Chandran said that the contaminated water from the plant should be let into the river after treatment and ensuring purity of water as per the standard prescribed by the Pollution Control Board.

The court directed the corporation to take steps to remove waste from the river bank. The PCB had also been directed to inspect and recommend steps to solve the problems associated with the waste disposal.

The court allowed the Vadavukode-Puthekurizhu panchayat to engage an environment engineering expert from the Cochin University of Science and Technology or any other institute to study and make recommendations for clearing the waste and treating the river water.