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Corporation draws flak

Staff Reporter

`Litter-free declaration farcical'

KOZHIKODE: Voices of protest have been raised against the Kozhikode Corporation's declaration of the city as `litter-free'.

Residents' groups and the Njelinaparambu Malinia Nirmajana committee have pointed to the putrefying mounds of garbage and the stink plaguing residents even as the civic body had preferred to make the declaration.

The residents of Cheruvannur -Nallalam grama panchayat, where the garbage treatment plant of the corporation is operated, say 350 tonnes of garbage is dumped in the grama panchayat precincts every day and no steps have been taken to implement the measures arrived at during a meeting of people's representatives with the Local Administration Minister on March 18, 2005.

Added to this, the problem is being compounded with the Corporation acquiring 10 acres more of land in the vicinity of the treatment plant yard. The residents demanded that the Corporation and the grama panchayat authorities put an end to the operations being carried out, which would have an adverse impact on the residents in the area.

Convener of the Njelianparambu Malinia Nirmajana Committee K.T. Abdul Lateef in a statement here on Thursday flayed the Corporation and the authorities concerned in not implementing the measures to solve the garbage disposal problem. Mr. Lateef said the committee had identified land for shifting the yard to a less populated area. The samithi urged the Corporation to implement the measures suggested at the meeting with the Local Administration Minister.

At a press conference here on Thursday, the mover of an interim injunction against the Corporation declaring Kozhikode as `litter-free' criticised the declaration.

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