Accumulated waste at Vadavathoor a problem
The Kottayam Municipal Council on Tuesday decided to issue a seven-day ultimatum to Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd., the agency which has been entrusted with the municipal waste management operations, to commence work on the proposed leach treatment plant at Vadavathoor dumping yard.
The decision, which was taken at an emergency meeting of the council held here on Tuesday, comes in the wake of the failure of the company to fulfil their earlier undertaking to make the plant operational before June1.
The municipal authorities pointed out that the company had so far not taken any steps for the construction of the plant. The municipality is bound by the directive of the High Court to make the leach treatment plant operational before the onset of monsoon.
Municipal authorities said that if the agency failed to fulfil its undertaking, the municipality itself would have to take up the construction of the plant, which is expected to cost around Rs.30 lakh.
The question of handling the accumulated waste, heaped over more than three acres, is posing a major problem. With the onset of monsoon, the accumulated waste will get soaked and the leachate flow would pose major health hazards in the densely populated residential area. The agitation over the yard and the leach problem is still on and the authorities appear to be still in the dark about finding an effective solution. One suggestion that is being seriously contemplated is capping the heap. The Sanitation Mission has given the green signal for a project, but the Municipal Council is unable to implement it due to fund crunch.
The project will cost Rs.90 lakh, of which the State government's share is Rs.7 lakh. The municipality will have to shell out the balance amount.
The council is considering a temporary arrangement to tide over the ensuing monsoon. The idea is to cover the entire heap using plastic sheet. Tuesday's meeting has given the green signal for the temporary scheme.