Corporation accepts tender for waste treatment plant Corporation Council clears tender

Solid waste treatment plant at Brahmapuram

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The City Corporation Council has approved a proposal to raise a loan amounting to Rs.14 crores from financial institutions for setting up a solid waste treatment plant at Brahmapuram.

The amount will be utilised for the purchase of land, its registration and setting up of the unit.

The Council today cleared the tender quoted by Andhra Pradesh Technology Development and Promotion Centre, Hyderabad, for setting up the plant. The company quoted Rs.19.63 crores for the project. Fact Engineering and Design Organisation (FEDO), consultant of the Corporation, had earlier cleared the tender. The Health standing committee of the Corporation had also cleared the proposal.

C.M. Dinesh Mani, Mayor, informed the Council that the Corporation would soon clear the waste dumped in various parts of the city. For the time being, the waste would be dumped in a plot belonging to the Cochin Port Trust, he said.

Criticising the stand of T.H. Mustafa, Kunnathunad MLA, the Mayor said the legislator had not earlier objected to the plant. The Corporation had also held an adalat in the area. Now, four years after the Corporation having bought the land, it is unfortunate that the MLA is opposing the project now, he said.

Mr. Mustafa adopted a tough stand at a meeting convened by the Chief Minister at the State Guest House on Sunday. It is not fair on his part to prevent the Corporation from carrying out its duty, Mr. Mani said.

Even as most of the landowners in the area are in the process of entering into agreement with the Corporation on handing over the land, Mr. Mustafa and a few others are opposing the project, he said.

Taking part in the discussions, Tony Chamminy complained that the walkway of the Kaloor-Kadavantra road had become inaccessible following the dumping of cable and construction materials by some cable companies. David Parambithara demanded that cleaning agents like bleaching powder be sprayed in areas where waste had been dumped.

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