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Stress on professional waste management

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Only a professional way of managing waste and water conservation could save the State from various ills like communicable diseases and water scarcity and for this, the State should take the initiative and should not hesitate to go for a loan from the World Bank, if necessary.

This was conveyed by George Kulangara, chairman of the World Malayali Council, India Region, at a press meet here. The issue of waste management should be tackled with the highest priority and local self-governments should take the initiative. The State should learn from the methods adopted by developed countries.

The attitude of the people is most important in such endeavours, he said. Waste generated in one's home is not something that can be thrown into another's compound or rivers.

A study conducted by the World Malayali Council has found that all the 44 rivers of the State are polluted.

Even the government has found that 80 per cent of the wells and ponds in the State have e.coli bacteria besides high levels of chemicals like ammonia, nitrates, carbonates, he said.

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