: The possible sites for the proposed waste treatment plants in the city, the number of which has now gone up to five, have been identified. Official teams will inspect the sites and take a decision soon.

Addressing reporters here after meetings with legislators, local body representatives and representatives of residents’ associations from three Assembly constituencies in the State capital at the Secretariat here on Thursday, Minister for Health V.S. Sivakumar and Minister for Urban Affairs Manjalamkuzhi Ali said the proposed plants, apart from the already announced one at Chala, at Kazhakuttom, Nemom and Vattiyoorkavu would be of 35-tonne capacity each.

With suggestions for two plants at Kazhakuttom, considering the industrial waste generated in the region, the total number of plants would now be five.

The proposed sites at Nemom are the Poojapura jail premises; opposite the Pappanamcode KSRTC workshop; and at Nedungad; while the possible sites in Vattiyoorkavu are Kudappanakunnu; the social forestry area in PTP Nagar and Malamugal. The four sites for two plants in Kazhakuttom are the campus of the Central Tuber Crops Research Institute at Sreekaryam; the University of Kerala campus at Kariavattom; the Ulloor market; and the World Market premises at Anayara.

The Ministers said Suchitwa Mission officials would soon visit these sites to check the technical feasibility, following which the procedures of calling tenders would begin. It was yet to be decided as to who would supervise the plants, whether it would be the corporation or the municipality concerned.

The Suchitwa Mission will launch a public sensitization programme at Chala on the safe and positive aspects of a waste treatment plant proposed in the region from Monday.

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