Thiruvananthapuram

No alternative spot for waste treatment plant

Plan to build a plant at Peringamala was dropped due to protest from locals

The State government has not yet thought about an alternative location for the waste-to-energy plant in the district after dropping its plan to construct one at Peringamala panchayat, bowing to a year-long protest movement of the local people.

At a press conference of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) district committee here on Saturday, district panchayat president V.K. Madhu said in the initial phase, the plants in two other districts for which the groundwork had already progressed would go ahead.

Only based on its success and other feasibility studies would any further steps to set up a similar one in the district be taken up.

Decision welcomed

CPI(M) district secretary Anavoor Nagappan welcomed the State government decision not to go ahead with the plant. On Friday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan held a meeting with various stakeholders, including residents and people’s representatives, during which he assured them that the government would not proceed with the project.

Discussions held

“LDF leaders and district and panchayat leaders had conducted discussions with the Chief Minister regarding this. The LDF district leadership had told Mr. Vijayan about the concerns among the local population about the impact of the plant. The Minister concerned had also given an assurance to the Assembly that the plant would be implemented only after studying all sides. The LDF would never take any decision which would be against the interests of the people,” he said.

He also criticised a campaign run by some sections, which he alleged was meant to create misunderstandings among the people against the LDF government.

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