Staff Reporter

Garbage to be cleared within four days: Collector

Protests against waste dumping to continue

Move to set up biogas plants in residential colonies

KOCHI: District Collector A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish said here on Friday that the city would be cleared of garbage within four days.

He was talking to reporters in the wake of a High Court directive permitting the district administration to dump waste on the reclaimed land of Goshree Island Development Authority (GIDA) for 15 days. The High Court had on Tuesday permitted the district administration to dump the waste stored at the transit depot at Padiyathukulam on GIDA land for two days. The Court gave the renewed directive when the matter was considered again on Friday.

Mr. Hanish said if not for the downpour, the dumping would have resumed on Friday. Dumping of garbage will resume on Saturday after undertaking necessary repairs to the road leading to the GIDA site, which was affected in the rain.

The Collector said the primary focus would be on clearing the remaining garbage at the transit depot. This will be followed by garbage collection from across the city. Garbage collection over the last couple of days had been tardy, as the district administration was busy moving out the garbage at the transit depot.

Asked if there would be any opposition to dumping by the local people, he said the High Court directive would make people realise that the work was being done in a scientific manner.

However, a hartal was observed in Pachalam region on Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. A High Court march under the aegis of Janakeeya Prathirodha Samiti was held in protest against dumping on the GIDA land. Strong protests will be launched against dumping from Monday, Antony Puthoor, convener of the Samiti, said.

Meanwhile, the district administration has decided to facilitate setting up of biogas plants for the treatment of waste by resident associations in the city.

The Collector said the administration was prepared to extend financial assistance, including subsidies, provided the associations contributed the land.