KERALA

Vested interests trying to scuttle Lalur project: Neelakandan

Protest resumes: Environmental activist C.R. Neelakandan addressing a meeting organised by the Lalur Malineekarana Viruddha Samara Samithi in Lalur on Wednesday. — Photo: K.C. Sowmish

Protest resumes: Environmental activist C.R. Neelakandan addressing a meeting organised by the Lalur Malineekarana Viruddha Samara Samithi in Lalur on Wednesday. — Photo: K.C. Sowmish  

‘Create a culture of decentralised waste management'

Politicians and bureaucrats with vested interests are trying to torpedo the Lalur Model Project for Solid Waste Management, environmental activist C.R. Neelakandan has said.

Garbage disposal

He was speaking after re-launching the agitation by the residents of Lalur, Thrissur Corporation's garbage disposal site here on Wednesday. “The agitation of Lalur residents for the right to fresh air and pure drinking water has the support of the entire country,” he said.

The City Corporation had failed to fulfil its fundamental duties, he alleged.

“Lalur residents are victims of the centralised waste management system. There is a need to create an alternative culture of decentralised waste management with segregation of waste at the source,” he said.

The Lalur Malineekarana Viruddha Samara Samithi resumed its agitation after four months as there was no progress in the implementation of the ‘Lalur Model Project for Solid Waste Management'. Samithi activists blocked the vehicles carrying garbage to the dump yard.

Fund transfer

A high-level meeting held in April had asked the City Corporation to hand over Rs.3.9 crore, the amount left in the ADB loan for waste management under the Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project, to the Kerala Agricultural University for implementing the ‘Lalur Model Project for Solid Waste Management'.

The Corporation had been delaying the transfer of funds citing some technical issues, the samithi alleged.

The samithi warned that it would launch an indefinite strike if the project failed to take off before August 15.

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