Vilappilsala plant to be shifted

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said here on Wednesday that the Cabinet had decided to shift the solid waste treatment plant at Vilappilsala that had invited much public protest, and build a plant at another site using new technology to treat waste from Thiruvananthapuram city.

Briefing presspersons on the Cabinet decisions, Mr. Chandy said three more months would be required to set up the new plant. However, the Vilappil panchayat and the Vilappilsala Janakeeya Samithi were not willing to allow operation of the plant for that period, and had walked out of the conciliatory meeting called by him. A way out would be found to tackle the situation.

Mr. Chandy said no decision had been taken on the site for setting up the new plant. Reports about locating the plant at Bonacaud were incorrect. It was only one of the sites considered. Expert opinion was that the plant could be set up within the city as it would cause no environmental problems. The government had shortlisted three technologies after scrutinising 30 technologies that were free of troubles.

A plant using one of the technologies was functioning well in Pune. Three units were proposed to be set up in different parts of the State, including Thiruvananthapuram.

He said the city Corporation had been asked to return the government land at Vilappilsala where the plant stood. The site would be used by the government for setting up a higher education institution or some other development project.

On the Mayor's criticism of his mass contact programme, Mr. Chandy said it was intended to clear petitions from the poor for small sums as aid. The Mayor had petitioned him for Rs.40 crore that could be sanctioned only after completing the procedures.

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