Inauguration in Muttada on November 15
The corporation-wide inauguration of the decentralised waste management campaign will be held at the Muttada ward on November 15.
The waste management scheme will be piloted in the Thampanoor, Palayam, Nanthancode, Pattom, Kesavadasapuram, Kowdiar, Kuravankonam, Vazhuthacaud, Palkulangara, Poojappura, Fort, Sasthamangalam, Vanchiyoor and Kunnukuzhi wards.
The corporation council on Thursday unanimously accepted a motion to this effect moved by Mayor K. Chandrika.
On October 30, the corporation will organise a workshop featuring experts on waste management. A meeting of mass organisations will be held at the VJT Hall at 3 p.m. on November 3. This will be followed by a public convention at 6.30 p.m. on November 9.
From November 16 to 31, the ward-level inaugurations of the scheme would be carried out, the Mayor said.
The Council approved the Mayor's decision to demolish the 22 bunks and shops constructed by encroaching upon footpath at various places under the Chenthitta circle of the corporation.
The Mayor's decision came after she received complaints from the public that these encroachments were creating a traffic and safety hazard in these places.
Following a discussion on SIDCO's proposal to prepare a computerised, GIS-enabled database of all properties in the 100 wards of the corporation, it was decided to identify other organisations also which are capable of carrying out such a project.
Intervening in the discussion, former Mayor J. Chandra said it was doubtful whether SIDCO had the capability to carry out such a project.
The Corporation should appoint a technical committee to study the organisation's proposal, she said.
The council gave its approval to the scheme for affixing RFID tags on houses so that data relating to each house can be instantaneously accessed through a hand-held device. The Council also approved the proposal submitted to the government for receiving Rs.50 lakh for this scheme from the Plan fund.
The council authorised the Sreekaryam zonal health inspector to engage labourers to clean the drainage channels inside the Sreekaryam market. This is to facilitate the draining away of waste water which is now getting collected inside the market.
The meeting concurred with the Mayor's approval for setting up hospital management committees at the government hospital at Iranimuttom and the government dispensary at Valiathura. The council also approved the reconstitution of the hospital management committees at the Government Fort hospital; the primary health centre, Vattiyoorkkavu; and the government Ayurveda dispensary at Kovalam.
The Mayor informed the council that the KSUDP project for rehabilitating wayside vendors would be piloted at Shanghumughom and Museum.
The council adopted the adjournment motion tabled by Gladis Alex the Vizhinjam ward councillor for tarring the beach road from Vizhinjam Junction to no-man's land and for reconstructing the drainage canals on both sides of the road. The council appeals to the PWD Minister and to the department officials to carry out these works, the motion read.
The council meeting condoled the deaths of writer Kakkanadan and film director Mohan Raghavan.
A short while after the council meeting began the councillors of the BJP led by the Palkulangara councillor P. Ashok Kumar staged a walk out in protest against what they termed the indifference shown by the UDF government towards allocating funds for the repair and construction of roads in the corporation area.