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High-level meeting held on Wednesday
Samara samithi to continue agitation
Thrissur: The Lalur Model Project for Solid Waste Management will be launched in the first week of September, Mayor R. Bindu said here on Thursday. This was decided at a high-level meeting convened by Local Self-Government Minister Paloli Mohammed Kutty in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday, she said.
“Funds for the initial phase will be handed over to the Kerala Agricultural University, the implementing agency of the Lalur Model Project, as soon as a contractual agreement is signed between the Corporation and the KAU,” the Mayor said. All such formalities would be completed by end of this month, she said.
In view of this decision, the Mayor urged the Lalur Malineekarana Viruddha Samara Samithi to withdraw its agitation against the dumping of waste at the Lalur dump yard.
The project, prepared by Kerala Agricultural University scientist Pathiyur Gopinath, envisages a complete solution for the city's garbage problem in three years.
The technology and waste management methods of the project were adopted from a study conducted by the Kerala Agricultural University in association with the Department of Science and Technology on solid waste management.
Decentralisation of garbage treatment and a sensitisation campaign to create awareness about how individuals and organisations can actively involve in waste management programmes are highlights of the project.
Source segregation of waste is another major aspect. Under the project a primary waste collection centre each will be set up for 200-250 houses. Accumulated garbage from Lalur will be dried and filtered. The bio-degradable waste will be used as manure. Meanwhile, the Samara Samithi decided to go ahead with their agitation. “We are not aware of the decisions arrived at the meeting convened by the Local Self-Government Minister. We will not withdraw the agitation until the authorities find a lasting solution to Lalur's problem,” said T.K. Vasu, chairman of the samithi.
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