Staff Reporter

Corporation files statement in court

Kochi: The Kochi Corporation has said it has taken effective steps to prevent chikungunya and other epidemics in the city.

In a statement filed before the High Court, the Corporation said the spraying of larvicides at all divisions had been intensified. As many as 60 camps were conducted so far for distributing preventive medicines in homeopathy at various places.

Clearing of garbage and waste was on. Fogging was being conducted in the morning and evening with ten fogging machines. It issued a red alert to all offices of the Corporation to tackle the situation if any disease was reported and said that necessary instructions were given to hospitals in the city in this regard.

The Corporation said that dumping places for garbage and waste were provided by the Cochin Port Trust. However, the Naval authorities refused to provide place for dumping. But, after the Chief Minster and others held discussions with the Vice Admiral, the Navy granted a place provisionally for dumping garbage and waste.

The statement added that the Corporation would start the construction of solid waste treatment plant with a capacity of 500 tonnes within three months at Brahmapuram.

It would take 11 months to complete the construction. The Corporation was also doing salt-water flushing of all-important drains and other waterlogged places.

The statement was filed in response to a writ petition seeking a direction to the State Government and the Corporation to take steps to prevent the spread of chikungunya.