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Rs. 300 crore allocated for garbage processing units

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All municipal corporations will have them: Sorake

Vinay Kumar Sorake, Urban Development Minister, said on Saturday that his Ministry had allocated Rs. 300 crore for setting up garbage processing plants in different parts of the State.

He was speaking at a public awareness programme on communicable diseases organised by the Department of Health and Family Welfare and other organisations here.

Mr. Sorake said that the new processing units would come up in all municipal corporations and Udupi City Municipal Council in the State. Just 10 acres of land each was required for these garbage processing units, he said.

Alevoor plant

A solid waste management plant had been operating at Alevoor village on the outskirts of Udupi for the last six years.

But instead of processing garbage, it was being used as a land-fill.

The new processing unit would be set up here. This would be used to process garbage from not just Udupi city but also from the surrounding gram panchayats, he said.

Mr. Sorake said that the operation of some garbage processing units installed earlier had been outsourced. The outsourcing of these units had not brought good results. Mr. Sorake said that the Ministry was thinking of ways to improving the functioning of the existing processing units.

Communicable diseases

He said that it was garbage which was responsible for the spread of communicable diseases. It was essential to give importance to garbage disposal in both urban and rural areas, Mr. Sorake said.

Upendra Nayak, president of the Udupi Zilla Panchayat, said that nearly 16,000 families in the district had no toilets. Lack of toilets could also spread diseases. The zilla panchayat was giving importance to constructing toilets for these families. The government was giving Rs. 10,200 each for constructing toilets to poor beneficiaries, he said.

Fall in malaria cases

H. Ashok, District Vector Borne Diseases Control Officer, said that the number of malaria and dengue cases had come down in the district when compared to the last year.

In June 2013, there were 110 dengue cases and it had come down to 36 in June this year.

The Health Department was working in coordination with panchayat development officers to create more awareness about communicable diseases in rural areas, he said.

Pramod Madhwaraj, MLA, Ganapati Sriyan, zilla panchayat member, and Geeta Shet, municipal councillor, were present.

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