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Lalur relay satyagraha by samithy continues

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FIGHTING FOR A CAUSE: Members of the Lalur Malineekarana Virudha Samara Samithy observing a relay fast at Lalur on Wednesday.
FIGHTING FOR A CAUSE: Members of the Lalur Malineekarana Virudha Samara Samithy observing a relay fast at Lalur on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

Protesters warn of intensifying the agitation

Thrissur: The relay satyagraha by the Lalur Malineekarana Virudha Samara Samithy in protest against the Thrissur Corporation’s alleged failure in solving the Lalur issue reached the third day on Wednesday. T.K. Vasu, chairman of the Lalur Malineekarana Virudha Samara Samithy, alleged that the Corporation had failed in keeping its promises to the residents of Lalur.

“The Corporation Secretary claims that garbage from only 21 divisions is being dumped on the yard. But garbage from many other divisions is still reaching Lalur. The Corporation should display on the vehicles the name of the divisions from where the garbage is brought to the yard,” Mr. Vasu said.

The Samithy also urged the Corporation to announce the details and progress of the Rs.5-crore Asian Development Bank project at Lalur dump yard. They alleged that the Corporation had not done any result-oriented programme to solve the garbage disposal problem at Lalur.

“If the Corporation authorities fail to react, we would change the mode of peaceful agitation,” the Smithy warned.

Reacting to the allegations, Mayor R. Bindu said that the Samara Samithy was observing a fast on a non-issue. “The Corporation is strictly adhering to the court directive. The Secretary has given strict instructions to all officials concerned to ensure that garbage from only 21 divisions is dumped at Lalur.”

She alleged that the satyagraha was the Samara Samithy’s ploy to carry on their agitation. The Mayor said the remarks made by writer Sara Joseph against her while inaugurating the satyagraha at Lalur on Monday were uncalled for.

Court directive

Special Correspondent writes from Kochi: A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Wednesday directed the Thrissur Corporation Secretary to appear before the court on December 21 and file an action taken report on the removal of garbage and setting up of the proposed bio-gas plants.

The Bench comprising Chief Justice S.R. Bannurmath and Justice A.K. Basheer gave the directive when a writ petition filed by P.D. Joseph of Thrissur against the dumping of garbage in Lalur came up for hearing. The court enquired about the earlier assurance given by the Secretary that 5,000 bags of plastic wastes, piled up in the dumping yard, would be removed. It also asked the counsel for the Corporation about the progress of the re-tendering of the work on the proposed bio-gas plants.

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