KERALA

Emulating Alappuzha model in waste treatment

Painting a rosy picture:Aerobic bins for waste treatment getting ready at the Corporation’s facility at Erumakuzhi in the city.

Painting a rosy picture:Aerobic bins for waste treatment getting ready at the Corporation’s facility at Erumakuzhi in the city.  

Plan to beautify Erumakuzhi with paintings and a garden

When T.M. Thomas Isaac, MLA, mooted the idea of installing the Thumboormozhi model aerobic bins at various locations in the Alappuzha town early last year as part of the launch of a clean-up drive, there was stiff opposition from the local people. Their reaction was informed by the experiences of those living near garbage dumps in various parts of the State.

To convince them, the municipality cleared one of the biggest garbage dumps in the town and set up a batch of bins inside tents.

The processed compost from the bins was made use of in a garden set up there. Other waste treatment methods such as biogas plants were also installed. Soon, artists who organised the Kochi Biennale came and painted the walls. The area, named Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) Park, was thus turned into a model for all to see.

The success of the Alappuzha experiment convinced the public to be a part of it. In Thiruvananthapuram, the city Corporation is planning to take up a similar experiment at its land near Erumakuzhi, adjacent to its health circle office.

Inauguration

The 31 aerobic bins here are nearing completion and according to Corporation sources, they will be inaugurated on Thursday by Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan.

“The idea is to beautify the place with paintings and a small garden with landscaping, just like in Alappuzha. A small area will be set aside to conduct meetings and for visitors to sit and relax. A resource centre for collection of plastic waste is also planned. This will be our model area for the ‘My City, Beautiful City’ project,” says Works standing committee chairperson V.S. Padmakumar.

Slaughter waste

Meanwhile, the first step in clearing slaughter waste has been achieved with the signing of an agreement by 70 meat shops with an Alappuzha-based private company. The company will collect the waste and take it to its facility to be converted to manure. Agreements have been signed with shops at Chala, Attakulangara, Kamaleswaram, Poonthura, Manikyavilakom, Karamana, and Muttathara.

The city has around 300 such shops and the Mayor has requested them to initiate urgent measures to sign the agreement.

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