Govt institutions in Ernakulam to go green

They will be urged to promote backyard organic farming

Updated - March 20, 2018 12:14 pm IST

Published - March 20, 2018 12:15 am IST

Government offices, collectorate, and offices of panchayats and other local bodies in Ernakulam district will adopt the green protocol in line with the government’s decision to implement environment-friendly systems. Haritha Keralam Mission (HKM) will spearhead the implementation of the green protocol.

“The idea is to make government offices eco-friendly by adopting guidelines under the green protocol proposed by the mission. The implementation of the protocol at government offices will set the trend,” said HKM district co-ordinator Sujith Karun.

Accordingly, government institutions will be encouraged to scientifically treat solid waste at source by setting up a mechanism. Offices that are smaller in size can go for bio-composting to treat solid waste.

Storage space

The guidelines say that non-biodegradable materials generated should be stored temporarily at the office or at a storage space in the building.

Office representatives have to tie-up with local bodies or agencies that collect non-biodegradable materials for shifting them to the material recovery facility every two months.

Moreover, government offices will be asked to ensure energy-efficiency by making necessary alterations in the buildings and using energy-efficient fittings. The staff will be told to make optimal use of wind and daylight and adopt other environment-friendly measures.

The participating departments and agencies also will have to save money on electricity and water bills. Besides, campaigns should be organised to stop wastage of water and electricity.

Government institutions will be encouraged to promote backyard organic cultivation of vegetables as part of the project. Manure generated from bio-composting can be used in vegetable gardens near each building.

Employees will be urged to participate in tree planting initiatives, and their co-operation will be sought to ensure that offices stick to the green protocol.


HKM will offer intensive training to employees and heads of departments on the implementation of the green protocol in the coming months.

Resource persons trained by the mission will visit each district to educate stakeholders.

To begin with, the greening programme will be implemented in select government institutions. In the second phase, the mission plans to include the three-tier local bodies.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.