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KOCHI: The Ernakulam District Residents Associations Apex Council (EDRAAC) is positive about finding a lasting solution for processing garbage, as the Corporation's efforts towards decentralised garbage treatment plants have evoked good response.

The first set of nine compost plants built at Chettichira is almost filled up. Six more plants are being built at the same spot. The set of six chambers at Ponnurunni is also nearing its capacity.

"The garbage thus processed will be converted to composite manure in 15 days. A small portion of it will remain untreated, but it could be used for landfill. The processed manure will be sold to meet the running cost of the plants," said P.K. Gopalakrishnan, general secretary of EDRAAC.

The Council is just lending its support to the effort made by the Corporation and not directly involved in the operations. On its part, the council has identified more spots where similar units could be set up, he said.

Spots have been identified by the side of the water body at Kaniyampuzha Road and near Pettah.

Work on new units will begin based on the progress of the ongoing ones.

Another main programme in the immediate agenda of the Council is to present its proposals for garbage disposal at the meeting convened by the district administration on February 3 at Town Hall. Ministers Paloli Mohammed Kutty, S. Sarma and M. Vijayakumar are expected to participate in the meeting to be attended by all stakeholders of the city.

"The strategy of the Council will be finalised after the meeting, as we expect the State Government to come up with a `Clean Kochi declaration' there," said P. Rangadasa Prabhu, president of EDRAAC.

The Council has already briefed Mr. Sarma about its action plans.

"We will make a suggestion at this meeting that a monitoring committee be formed for effective follow-up of the decentralised garbage treatment projects," Mr. Gopalakrishnan said.

New association

The Chambokadavu Residents' Association near Edappally Toll was inaugurated by A.M. Yousuf, MLA, last week. V.M. Arifa, chairperson of Kalamassery Municipality, was the chief guest. Rosy Joseph, president of the Association, presided over the function and P.K. Gopalakrishnan, general secretary of EDRAAC; Thankamma, municipal councillor; and Lijo Joseph, sub-inspector, Kalamassery, spoke.

Bus service sought

A meeting of Justice K.K. Mathew Road Residents' Association at the 67th division of Kochi Corporation held recently demanded mini bus service along SRM Road and opening of ticket counters at the second platform of Ernakulam North Railway Station.

The meeting also elected A.K. Bose and P.J. Mathew as the president and the secretary of the Association. C.I. Jaisingh was elected treasurer and K.M. Sherub and Rajagopalan members of the executive committee.

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