Kerala

‘Very poor’ waste management rating for 264 panchayats

A view of the Brahmapuram solid waste treatment plant in Ernakulam district.   | Photo Credit: Thulasi Kakkat

As many as 264 grama panchayats in Kerala have received ‘very poor’ rating for their solid waste management efforts and sanitation, according to an assessment by the Department of Local Self Government.

Kozhikode district has the highest number of panchayats that have failed to ensure management of solid waste as per the provisions of the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016. Thirty-four local bodies in the district were found to have failed in the management of solid waste.

Kannur has 27 panchayats in this category, followed by Kottayam (24), Kollam (24), Pathanamthitta (24), and Thiruvananthapuram (20). The corresponding number of panchayats in Malappuram is 19, Ernakulam 14, Palakkad nine, Thrissur 16, Idukki 15, Wayanad five, Alappuzha 19, and Kasaragod 14.

Serious gaps

The rating was given after a comprehensive evaluation of the waste management scenario by the department in April. Some of the serious gaps found include the absence of Haritha Karma Sena members for regular waste collection, lack of proper collection mechanism and facilities for treatment of biodegradable waste. The local bodies were also found lagging in the implementation of material collection facilities.

The assessment found that 360 panchayats in the State had failed to take steps against dumping of waste in public places. Malappuram has 21 such erring local bodies, Ernakulam has 30, Kollam 36, Kannur 26, Kottayam 22, Pathanamthitta 24, Palakkad 45, Thiruvananthapuram 36, Thrissur 28, Idukki 30, Kozhikode 20, Wayanad four, Alappuzha 26 and Kasaragod 13.

Waterbodies

Nearly 225 grama panchayats had not taken any steps to check the dumping of waste into waterbodies. The district-wise number of panchayats that failed to act against violators is as follows: Malappuram four, Ernakulam 18, Kollam 22, Kannur 27, Kottayam 19, Pathanamthitta 24, Palakkad 27, Thiruvananthapuram 11, Thrissur 16, Idukki 15, Kozhikode five, Wayanad three, Alappuzha 17, and Kasaragod 19.

The Department of Local Self Government has asked the director of panchayats to seek an action taken report from the local bodies concerned. The deputy directors of panchayats are required to direct the secretaries of the civic bodies to remove waste in public places and waterbodies without delay. A performance audit of the local bodies must be carried out by supervisors deputed by the deputy directors of panchayats concerned.


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