Staff Reporter

Says decentralised treatment plants will help in many ways

KOLLAM: Mayor N. Padmalochanan has said it is out of ignorance that some persons, under the label of residents' associations, launched an agitation against the Corporation with regard to the commissioning of a garbage treatment plant.

In a statement here on Friday, Mr. Padmalochanan said that for various practical reasons, instead of a single centralised garbage treatment plant, a decentralised treatment of garbage through five or six medium-sized treatment plants would be more ideal for the city.

He said that a single treatment plant would mean compelling one particular area of the city to take the brunt of the entire garbage generated in the city. The cities of Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram already witnessed opposition to the centralised system of treatment. The other defects of a centralised system were that in case the plant remained shut for some inevitable reasons, the entire city would start to stink. In a decentralised system this would not happen.

For the centralised plant, the previous council had fixed the estimate at Rs.7.66 crore. This was fixed after rejecting a lower tender of Rs.4.22 crore from a Mumbai-based company with better expertise. The Mayor alleged that pressure from some sections within the then United Democratic Front Government was the force behind that decision.

He said that under the new system planned by the Corporation, a couple of plants could be commissioned with a budget of Rs.4 crore. Hence in the larger interests of realising a clean Kollam city, the residents' associations should extend cooperation to the endeavours of the Corporation, the Mayor said.