Opposition to visit waste plant tomorrow

KOCHI: Opposition councillors in Kochi corporation would visit Brahmapuram plant on Wednesday to take stock of the situation there. On Monday, TOI had carried stories exposing the indifferent attitude of authorities in handling waste disposal at Brahmapuram.

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At the meeting held on Monday, many of the councillors raised apprehensions regarding the completion of the construction of the proposed waste-to energy plant at Brahmapuram.

“The deadline given by national green tribunal (NGT) for completing the construction of the new plant will end in March 2019. Given the fact that many of the approvals are still pending, we won’t be able to complete the construction of the plant by that time. Revision in the layout of the plant is also required. Widening of road is another prerequisite for getting approval for the work to be started. For the purpose, the land belonging to KSEB in the area will have to be acquired,” said LDF councillor from Konthuruthy division C K Peter.

LDF parliamentary party secretary V P Chandran said all the 33 councillors would visit Brahmapuram plant to ascertain the situation there.

Mayor Soumini Jain requested the LDF councillors to give a report to her after visiting the waste treatment plant.

Health standing committee chairperson V K Minimol said six out of the nine recommendations given by the advocate’s commission deployed by Kerala high court have been executed, partially though. The plastic shredding unit operated by Clean Kerala Company at Brahmapuram is functioning.

She added that the land value in Brahmapuram has been dipped after the solid waste treatment plant came into being.

“The land mafia are trying to close down the plant. If the plant at Brahmapuram is not functioning, we won’t be able to treat the waste generated in the city. There isn’t any plant to process the waste in each division,” Minimol said.

Article source: Kerala High Court

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