Staff Reporter

Thrikkakara panchayat to raise more funds

  • Project submitted under Clean Kerala Mission
  • Rs.15 lakh budgetary allocation for waste management

    KOCHI: The Thrikkakara panchayat will raise the quantum of funds for solid waste management to more than Rs.50 lakh during the current financial year with the Local Administration Department approving a Rs.35-lakh project submitted by it under the Clean Kerala Mission.

    The funds for implementing the project would be sanctioned soon, said panchayat president Sabitha Kareem here on Wednesday.

    The panchayat made a budget provision of Rs.15 lakh for solid waste management in the current financial year. Part of the money was being currently used in waste management activities.

    She said part of the money set aside by the panchayat for encouraging women entrepreneurs and to promote micro enterprises would also go into promoting small units to manage solid waste in the panchayat area.

    Thrikkakara was one of the first panchayats in the State to adopt the decentralised method of solid waste management. Over five years ago it set up the pilot project in the panchayat area. The experience with decentralised management was positive, Ms. Kareem said.

    Over 1,000 homes from where waste was being collected by women under Kudumbasree groups had been provided with buckets to deposit wastes.

    More homes would be given buckets to ensure that solid waste was segregated at the domestic level. Once waste was segregated at the domestic level, managing waste would be easier.

    The waste management units run by Kudumbasree women were producing compost, which was in good demand, she said.

    Paper bag units

    Meanwhile, the panchayat was about to launch training for women in paper bag making in tandem with its efforts to implement a ban on the use of plastic carry bags, the panchayat president said.

    Help from the Science Technology Enterprise Development (STED) programme was being sought in his regard. The panchayat and STED had entered into an agreement for training women.

    The training programme was expected to begin in the first week of December. In the initial phase 100 women would be trained.

    About 100 women had already been trained in various trades, including in paper bag making.

    The panchayat authorities realised that providing alternatives to plastic carry bags was one of the means of effectively implementing the ban on plastic, Ms. Kareem said.