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Corporation flouting dumping norms: Navy

By Our Staff Reporter

KOCHI, APRIL 12. The Southern Naval Command today came down heavily on the Kochi Corporation for failing to comply with the agreements regarding dumping of waste near the Naval air base at Wellingdon Island.

The protest was raised at a meeting of the Airfield Environment Management Committee at the Collectorate at Kakkanad on Tuesday. The Naval officers alleged that the Corporation was not complying with its promise to scientifically dispose of the waste being dumped near the air base

Presenting video clippings, the Naval officers pointed out the difficulties created by the unscientific waste dumping. Heaps of wastes were attracting birds and stray dogs posing a grave threat to the Naval aircraft and helicopters.

They said that during the last one year, nine cases of bird-hits had taken place at the air base.

The meeting, presided over by the Additional District Magistrate (ADM), Johnson K. George, decided that the Naval authorities should bring the issue to the notice of the Mayor. So far, the Navy had been communicating with the Corporation Secretary on the issue.

The Corporation had agreed to treat the waste scientifically to keep birds and stray dogs away. Though the Corporation said that the waste was treated properly, it was still attracting birds and dogs, the Naval officers said.

Interestingly, nobody represented the Corporation at the meeting.

The meeting was convened following a request from the Navy on the issue. The Navy also brought up the issue of fisheries waste causing pollution to the backwaters.

It was decided to suggest to the Matsyafed to make the fishermen aware of the menace of throwing the waste into the water.

The Naval officers also brought up the issue of unauthorised constructions taking place around the air base.

High-rise buildings flouting the norms permitted in close proximity to the airport were on the increase, posing grave threat to the Naval aircraft.

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