Staff Reporter

Campaign to last for three days from today

  • Residents associations to sponsor the purchase of equipment
  • Larvicide to be given in bulk by the DMO to the Corporation

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Leaking sewerage lines in areas coming under the Thiruvananthapuram East Assembly constituency would be cleaned and mended on a war footing within three days beginning on Tuesday. Hundreds of workers would be pressed into service as part of a constituency-wide sanitation drive.

    These were among the major decisions taken at a meeting chaired by V. Sivankutty, MLA, here on Monday called to discuss ways to tackle flooding and water logging and to prevent the spread of various diseases, including chikungunya.

    The Revenue department would arrange for 10 labourers in each of the 26 corporation wards in the constituency and the city corporation would arrange for 50 labourers per ward. They would be provided a daily remuneration of Rs.140. The labourers would fan out across the wards, under the supervision of the local corporation councillors, to clean clogged drains, remove garbage and clean water-logged compounds.

    It was decided at the meeting that residents associations and business establishments would be asked to sponsor the purchase of equipment needed to spray mosquito repellents in all the wards. The larvicide necessary for this would be given in bulk by the DMO to the city corporation which, in turn, would distribute it among the wards under the supervision of the councillors and through residents' associations. The councillors would ensure that adequate spraying of larvicide is done at all places in their respective wards.

    Representatives of various residents' associations pointed out at the meeting that there were many walled-in compounds in areas coming under the constituency. Most of these compounds are waterlogged and have become breeding centres for mosquitoes and snakes, they said. To this Mr. Sivankutty proposed that the local councillors would lead officials of the minor irrigation department and the contract labourers in entering these compounds and cleaning them up. "This has to be done with the permission of the land's owner. Where this is not possible the Tahsildar can be contacted for permission to enter the property. If anyone refuses permission to enter their property too the help of the Tahsildar can be sought," he explained.

    The shortage of bottles was preventing the distribution of homeopathic medicines to be used as a preventive to chikungunya, some participants at the meeting pointed out. It was later decided that the Tahsildar would ensure adequate supply of bottles for the distribution of homeopathic medicine where ever necessary. It was also decided that the departments concerned would utilise the services of their `running contractors' to clean up clogged drains and canals in the constituency. The running contract would also be for taking away the mud removed from such drains and canals.

    Mr. Sivankutty also requested the councillors present at the meeting to convene ward-level meetings to prepare action plans on a micro level. The `Ayalkkoottams' and `Kudumbashree' units should also be included in the sanitation drive, he added.

    `KWA unresponsive'

    A representative of a residents' association from the Attukal area complained that the Kerala Water Authority's sewerage division was unresponsive to complaints of burst sewerage lines in the area. A resident of Mudavanmugal pointed out that in the Chengallur area stagnant sewage was posing a serious health hazard. In the Kalady area too the mosquito menace is severe, the meeting was told. Persistent water logging was identified as a major problem in many parts of Kalady and Thaliyal.

    Tahsildar G. Mohanan Pillai, chairman of the health standing committee of the corporation G. R. Anil, officials of the minor and major irrigation departments, the sewerage division of the KWA and those from the city roads division also participated.