Special Correspondent

Waste management facility must for building clearance

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The government will intensify the ‘Malinya Muktha Keralam’ campaign by invoking stringent punitive action against dumping of garbage in public places and amending the Kerala Municipal Building Rules making the provision for refuse management mandatory in multiple residential units.

Addressing a review meeting of the action plan for refuse management drawn up by the Suchitwa Mission here on Tuesday, Local Administration Minister Paloli Mohammed Kutty said that the draft legislation which called for stern action against those violating the law had been drawn up and it would come into force soon. The mission, which identified the sources of waste generation, had found that 48.7 per cent of the refuse was generated by households. Hence, decentralised garbage processing system and setting up of biogas plants had become essential.

Clearance for constructing multi-storeyed buildings would be granted only on providing facilities for waste management. While giving more teeth to the law, equal importance would be given for enforcement too, he said.

Low response to segregated storage of waste at source, change in the character of waste, increasing plastic and e-waste, land availability and managerial issues such as storage, collection, transportation, processing and safe disposal had been identified as some of the emerging challenges in solid waste management. Inadequate attention to grey water disposal at household and institutional levels, filling up of drainage channels, water stagnation, breeding of disease-causing vectors and urban flash floods were the serious challenges in liquid waste management.

The mission had set clear objectives to be achieved within a timeframe. Treatment systems for household and institutional waste would be put in place within a year. About one-third of the households and institutions were to be covered in each of the next three years. Segregation of waste and development of common treatment facilities would be achieved within a year.