Garbage treatment to resume

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM OCT. 31. The City Corporation is working on an action plan to streamline garbage collection with the help of women's self-help groups even as the waste processing plant at Vilappilsala is set to resume operations in two days.

The Mayor, J. Chandra, told presspersons here today that the plant operators had agreed to accept a limited quantity of garbage following the decision of the Agro Industries Corporation to lift 1,000 tonnes of biofertilizer for the district panchayat. She said the garbage collection mechanism would be revamped with focus on segregation of non- biodegradable waste at source.

Kudumbasree units will be involved in the collection system. Once the plant resumes functioning, all the garbage generated in the city would be shifted to the Vilappil plant the same day. Additional vehicles and collection equipment will be procured with Government assistance.

Ms. Chandra said the Corporation had decided to provide a consolation equivalent to one day's DA to the Corporation employees who had worked day and night to remove the accumulated garbage in the city over the past few days.

The Mayor said high-level discussions were on to review the terms of the BoT pact between the Corporation and the Poabs Group running the plant. She said the promoters had agreed to set up a recycling unit to handle plastic waste on the additional land which they had sought for the project.

The Mayor announced that the Corporation would intensify the campaign to prevent the outbreak of cholera in the coastal areas of the city from Vellar to Pallithura.

Health squads and vigilance committees headed by the respective councillors will be set up in the vulnerable areas. Health Inspectors, medical officers, voluntary workers and public health nurses will be drafted for the campaign.

Health officials have been directed to crack down on unsanitary eateries and a monitoring committee has been set up to supervise the campaign.

Ms. Chandra said the Corporation would spare no effort to enforce the ban on plastic from Friday. Legal action will be complemented by an awareness campaign. Sale and use of plastic with a thickness of 20 microns and less will invite penal action including suspension of trade licence, fine and prosecution.

The Corporation would take the initiative to promote women's self-help groups manufacturing paper, cloth and jute bags to substitute plastic.

The programme would be included in the Tenth Plan, she added.

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