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Corporation for segregation of wastes

Staff Reporter

Council approves 49-point agenda relating to various issues



SILENT PROTEST: Youth Congress workers staging a symbolic protest in front of Corporation Office in Kozhikode on Saturday with their nose covered with cloth to draw the attention of the authorities to the stink emanating from the garbage that has pil ed up in the city.

KOZHIKODE: The Corporation will impose strict segregation of wastes collected by the Kudumbasree volunteers from households and other commercial establishments. The Kudumbasree members will start collecting wastes from households and other establishments from Monday as garbage was being unloaded at the Njelianparambu trenching ground for the last four days.

The Corporation will impose a ban on the use of plastic covers below 30 microns from July 15. Monitoring committees set up will oversee the activities relating to garbage collection and disposal, to improve the sanitary conditions in the Corporation area.

At the Council meeting held on Monday, the Council approved the 49-point agenda that related to various issues, including granting permission for registering land for building a bus stand-cum-commercial complex on a build-operate-transfer basis near the Medical College Hospital. Mayor M.Bhaskaran presided. The proposal for the bus stand-cum-commercial complex is being planned based on the pre-feasibility report for the proposal prepared by ICICI Kinfra.

The proposal evoked discussion as council Opposition Leader Mamu Koya Haji and other opposition members wanted the particular agenda to be passed after further discussion.

The Mayor said certain projects were being initiated for the development of Kozhikode and these cannot be delayed unduly.

Deputy Mayor P.T.Abdul Lateef pointed out that the issue was discussed over a period of two years, and any further delay in initiating preliminary proceedings will be out of propriety since the party concerned has already submitted the Expression of Interest. The garbage disposal system in the city was the focus of discussion on Saturday. Councillors P.T.Rajan, Meladi Narayanan, Kishan Chand, P.Divakaran among others participated in the discussions.

The Mayor said the Corporation viewed the garbage treatment issue as an important one and will do all in its power to ensure that waste treatment was carried out properly. Sufficient funds will be earmarked for the purpose. If need be other development works will be postponed, he said.

The Corporation was not for a war with the residents in the vicinity of the 18 - acre trenching ground. On the other hand, all efforts were being made to improve the surroundings.

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