Decentralise solid waste management: Paloli

Special Correspondent

Local bodies directed to prevent pollution of water bodies

Says small plants should be set up to treat refuse locally

Dumping of waste in public places to attract punishment

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Local Self-government Minister Paloli Mohammed Kutty has asked urban local self-government institutions (LSGIs) to decentralise solid waste management and give due importance in preventing pollution of water-bodies.

Inaugurating a workshop on “State Sanitation Policy,” organised by the Local Administration Department, Suchitwa Mission and Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Programme (KSUDP) here on Saturday, Mr. Kutty said the Eleventh Plan had laid accent on solid waste management, housing for the poor, food security and conservation of water-bodies. Considering the problems in acquiring land for setting up solid waste management plants, the LSGIs should take up projects to set up small plants to process the refuse locally. While certain civic bodies had made notable strides in this score, some others were yet to make a meaningful initiative, he said.

Law with stringent punitive provisions would be enforced to prevent dumping of waste in public places. The draft rules had already been drawn up. The urban-rural divide was fast thinning and hence there should be an attempt to set up small processing plants. Securing Nirmal Puraskar was not the last solution.

Many of the water-bodies in the urban areas were polluted. Laxity in conserving them and preventing pollution would lead to serious problems.

Housing scheme

Houses should be provided for the houseless under the E.M.S. Housing Scheme. While identifying the beneficiaries, care should be taken to ensure that the undeserving were not getting the benefits of the scheme. All LSGIs should complement the efforts of the government to attain food security by enhancing food production, he said.

Mayor C. Jayan Babu in his presidential address said the corporation was preparing a law for solid waste management. Central Urban Development Department Secretary M. Ramachandran in his keynote address said Kerala was took the lead in South India for framing a sanitation policy. Solid waste management was not related to health hygiene, it involved human rights too. The national sanitation policy had directed that each State should have its own sanitation policy and programmes. Centrally-sponsored schemes could be utilised for taking up such programmes, he said.

Local Administration Principal Secretary S.M. Vijayanand, KSUDP project director Anant Singh, Administrative Staff College of India assistant professor V. Vijay and Suchitwa Mission director Ajayakumar Varma were among those who addressed the workshop.