Issue of waste management to top priority list
The newly-elected chairman of Kottayam Municipal Council M. P. Santhosh Kumar has said that he would strive to make the town a Model Town within the next two years time when he would be on the chair.
Speaking to media persons after assuming chairmanship, Mr. Kumar said the town would have to focus on all round development and the funds for this purpose would have to be mobilized from various sources.
“I can assure you that this Council would be dynamic,” he said.
The issue of waste management would top the list of priorities, he said and added that the Municipal council could go a long way in finding a lasting solution to it during the next two years.
The priority would be for bringing down the quantity of waste being dumped at the present yard at Vadavathur, through taking effective steps to process waste at the source. This will be followed up with state-of-the-art processing mechanism being set up at the dumping yard, he said.
A Dutch government team has already visited the area and the Municipal council has scheduled talks with them for December 7 and 8.
Mr. Kumar said that he would focus on women empowerment and rope in the support of Kudumbasrees for launching urban farming in the municipal area.
Residents Associations and Agriculture Department could also chip in their efforts in this regard, he said.
According to him, organic farming could be taken up in a big way in the urban farming effort.
Decision has also been made to give annual maintenance contract (AMC) to a private contractor for the maintenance of street lights. This will ensure replacement of bulbs and other maintenance works within 48 hours of getting a complaint, he said.
Another area of concern would to ensure hygienic and healthy food in the town. Mr. Kumar said serious efforts would be made to launch a major campaign in this regard by taking the hoteliers and the Vyapari-Vyavasayi segment into confidence. The functioning of the ‘thattukadas’ would have to be taken up separately as a large number of people were depending on these wayside shops in the night.
Steps are being taken to find a lasting solution to the parking problem in the town, he said. The old vegetable market is being turned into a multi-level parking facility, he said.
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Waste management to be a top priority.