Kozhikode

Hotels yet to comply with waste treatment directive

The practice of letting waste into public drains still continues, evoking protest from local residents.

The practice of letting waste into public drains still continues, evoking protest from local residents.   | Photo Credit: S_RAMESHKURUP;S_RAMESHKURUP -

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Vadakara municipality to ask those defying orders to shut units down

Hotels and restaurants in Vadakara municipality are yet to comply with the civic body’s directive to set up their own waste management facilities.

A majority of 100 such units have literally defied the municipality’s orders, while a few hotel owners have sought extra time to set up the facilities.

The practice of letting waste into public drains still continues, evoking protest by local residents. The action committee constituted to fight the menace is now planning to resume its agitation.

The municipal authorities said the deadline fixed for hoteliers to set up waste treatment facilities was December 31. They added that the deadline for 20 hotels, which were found generating a major quantity of waste, had already ended, and that further action would be taken on the basis of the next round of inspection.

For the record, Hotel and Restaurant Owners Association had gone on strike, accusing the municipality of issuing an ultimatum without giving them sufficient time to set up waste treatment facilities. They had also alleged that the civic body had been putting the entire burden of waste treatment on hoteliers rather than offering them a scientific option to manage waste.

Meanwhile, municipal officials said hotel owners had been given enough time to set up the facilities, and that no further relaxation of rules was to be expected. They also made it clear that those who had defied the directive would be asked to shut their units permanently.

The municipal authorities had taken the issue seriously as the reckless dumping of waste from hotels into public drains had ended up in the pollution of two rivulets and several potable water sources.

There were also complaints against a few hoteliers that they had been letting even septage into public drains.

Health Department sources said they would conduct another round of inspection soon in consultation with the municipal authorities.

Officials also pointed out that wayside eateries with no waste treatment facilities and toilets had already been shut.

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