KERALA

Corporation's bid to remove garbage proves unsuccessful



Biju Govind

Housing colonies take the initiative on their own

Kozhikode: The Kozhikode Corporation is desperately struggling to solve the crisis arising out of the piling up of garbage in different parts of the city.

Attempts to transport garbage to the Njeliamparamba dumping ground on Wednesday were not successful. Only a part of the garbage was dumped at the site. This was done with the protection of the police. Some of the vehicles were blocked by a section of the residents of the Cheruvannur- Nallalam grama panchayat. At the same time, the Corporation took no further steps to transport the garbage to Njelianparamba. However, the Corporation workers started removing garbage accumulated at some of the streets.

So far, the civic body had not taken any fruitful measures to counter the blockade of the Corporation vehicles. Removal of garbage had been affected in the city since Saturday.

Housing colonies were making their own arrangements for disposing of the garbage. Sony Thomas, secretary of the East Hill Apartments, said that waste was buried after digging a huge pit inside the colony. Steps were being taken to segregate waste, he said.

Several other colonies in the city are facing the same situation. "We are looking for alternatives for disposing of the waste. Garbage collected from flats are now dumped in the courtyard," said U. Ramachandran of Vikas Nagar Colony.

Kesava Menon Apartments at Bilathikulam has been burying the waste collected from hundreds of flats after digging a pit on its premises. "We have no other option since the Kudumbasree volunteers stopped collecting the garbage," said B. Sajeev Kumar, a resident.

Meanwhile, people have started throwing garbage on to roads. Garbage is strewn on lanes and residential areas. Health officials said that the piling up of garbage particularly during rainy season would lead to outbreak of epidemic in the city.