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Panchayat members ask municipality to speed up the process of capping waste

PERENNIAL TROUBLE:The neglected Vadavathur dumping yard.— File photo
PERENNIAL TROUBLE:The neglected Vadavathur dumping yard.— File photo

The Vijayapuram grama panchayat members on Friday approached the Kottayam municipal authorities asking them to speed up the process for capping the accumulated waste at the Vadavathur dumping yard. According to grama panchayat president Baiju Cherukottayil, the situation has reached a distressing stage at Vadavathur as the municipal authorities have failed to take any effective steps in this regard. “The setting-in of the monsoon would worsen the present scenario since the problems connected with the yard do not get enough attention during the summer,” he said.

Fevers like dengue have already been reported from the area, pointing to the gravity of the situation, he said.

According to him, a meeting called by the Home Minister on January 10 at Thiruvananthapuram had decided to complete the work on capping process by March 31. This was agreed by all parties. Another move to set up a processing unit for generating power from the waste was opposed by the grama panchayat.

However, in spite of the assurance to complete the capping process by March 31, the municipal authorities have not taken any steps so far. “They have not even completed the tender process,” Mr. Baiju said.

“We have submitted our concern before the municipal authorities and the secretary. All the 19 members of the grama apcnayat have signed the document. Though the chairman was not present, we have presented our concern to the Health Standing Committee chairman and others who have assured us that the process would be completed before the onset of the monsoon,”he said.

If the municipal authorities fail to fulfil their responsibility, the grama panchayat would have to seek other ways to sort out the issue, he said.

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