Court tells corporation to remove garbage

Special Correspondent

Kochi: A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Wednesday granted the Kochi Corporation two weeks to remove the garbage that had piled up in Kochi city.

The Bench comprising Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice K.T. Sankaran directed the Corporation to remove the garbage in and around the High Court buildings within 48 hours.

Corporation Secretary Mini Antony appeared in person before the court in response to a directive from the High Court and sought two weeks time to clear the garbage in the city.

The court ordered the personal appearance of the secretary when a petition filed by Dijo Kappan of the Centre for Consumer Education, Pala came up.

The petitioner pointed out that the High Court had earlier directed the Corporation to file monthly reports on the progress of the construction of Brahmapuram plant and the steps taken to remove the solid waste from the city. The Corporation had not filed reports since March. The petitioner pointed out that the corporation should give top priority to the removal of the sold wastes and garbage in view of the outbreak of Chickungunya.

Notice to IOC

The Bench has ruled that the notice given to India Oil Corporation (IOC) asking it to evict from the encroached land on the Perandoor canal could be treated as a show cause notice.

The Bench ordered the authorities concerned to grant the IOC three days time to file objections and after affording it an opportunity, the authorities could take steps to evict it from the encroached land.

The court passed the orders while disposing of the IOC’s petition against the steps taken by the Corporation to demolish the IOC’s buildings on the encroached land.

The court said that it could not find fault with the Corporation’s action. since the contempt petition was pending before the court for not obeying the High Court directive to remove the encroachers on the Perandoor canal.

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