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Mayor promises steps to contain pollution

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THRISSUR, MAY 28. The Mayor, K. Radhakrishnan, said here on Thursday that long-term and short-term measures would have to be taken to reduce the problems of waste disposal at Laloor on the outskirts of the city.

Addressing presspersons after holding discussions with leaders of the Laloor Agitation Council, the Mayor said the short-term solutions included construction of a facility to process the effluent from the existing waste treatment plant and disposal of the solid waste that had been remaining piled up at the trenching ground at Laloor. The long-term steps included launching of a decentralised waste treatment facility for the city in collaboration with the public and voluntary agencies.

The Mayor said the Corporation would take both long-term and short-term steps to reduce the waste disposal problems in the city. Steps would be taken to construct a tank for processing the liquid effluent from the waste treatment plant as per the advice of the Pollution Control Board. The accumulated solid waste would be dumped underground. Discussions with various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) like the `Kudumbasree' had already been started for setting up the decentralised waste disposal network in the city, Mr. Radhakrishnan said.

He said the Health Standing Committee members of the Corporation including himself had visited Laloor along with the leaders of the Laloor Agitation Council and many of the grievances of the people of Laloor had been found genuine. He conceded that the waste processing plant at Laloor would be effective only if the waste were segregated at source in a decentralised manner.

The leaders of the Laloor agitation council, T.K. Vasu and Raghunath, said the Corporation officials had conceded that only 5 tonnes out of the 35 tonnes of the waste brought to Laloor daily was being treated using the plant there. The remaining waste was being just dumped there. They requested the Corporation authorities to take steps for the early resolution of the problem.

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