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Fasting Lalur samithy leader shifted to hospital

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Lalur project to be launched on September 4

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CONDITION deteriorateS:The police forcibly shift Lalur Malineekara Virudha Samara Samithy chairman T. K. Vasu, who had been on an indefinite fast since Wednesday in front of the Corporation office, to hospital

Thrissur: Lalur Malineekara Virudha Samara Samithy chairman T. K. Vasu, who had been on an indefinite fast since Wednesday demanding speedy and systematic implementation of the Lalur Model Project for Solid Waste Management, was forcibly shifted by the police on Friday night to the District Hospital.

The police shifted him around 9.20 p.m. from the venue for the agitation in front of the Corporation to the hospital claiming that his condition was deteriorating.

“He is diabetic. His blood glucose level is 63 mg per cent. Ketone bodies in urine show a reading of two plus. He badly needs fluids. We are planning to shift him to the intensive care unit,” said Tony Joseph, RMO with the District Hospital.

Following Mr. Vasu's arrest, K. K. Omana, Samithy executive committee member, started an indefinite fast. About six hours before Mr. Vasu was arrested, Mayor R. Bindu announced at a press conference that Local Administration Minister Paloli Mohammed Kutty would launch the Lalur Model Project at a function here on September 4.

“The Thrissur Corporation will implement the Lalur project in accordance with a decision taken at a meeting held in May, which was attended by Chief Minister V S. Achuthanandan. A memorandum of understanding for the project has been signed between the Corporation and the Kerala Agricultural University, the implementing agency,” she said.

The KAU is expected to submit a draft agreement to the Corporation on Saturday. “After the draft is scrutinised, 10 per cent (Rs.94 lakh) of the estimated cost for the project (Rs.9.4 crore) will be handed over to KAU. The Government has ordered transfer of Rs.94 lakh from the funds for the Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Programme,” she said.

She stated that the Lalur project envisaged decentralised disposal of solid waste generated within the Corporation limits. Six regional waste processing centres will be set up. They will be located at Ollur, Kovilakathumpadam, Shakthan Nagar, Viyyur, KAU-owned land at Vellanikkara and Lalur. “When the new project begins, work being carried out at the Lalur trenching ground under the KSUDP will be stopped. Capping, engineered landfill and windrow composting works proposed under the KSUDP at Lalur too will be dropped,” she said.

She refuted allegations that the Corporation and the KAU were attempting to torpedo the Lalur project. “I will shortly invite representatives of the Samithy for talks,” she said. The Samithy alleged that measures initiated by the Corporation lacked transparency. “The details of the MoU have not been revealed so far. Members of the Samithy have not been included in a committee that oversees the project. The Mayor has not called the Samithy for talks after Mr. Vasu launched his fast. She has also insulted the residents of Lalur by terming their agitation unnecessary,” said Raghunath Kazhungil, vice-chairman of the Samithy. Playback singer K. J. Jesudas on Friday called up Mr. Vasu and expressed solidarity with him. “I call upon authorities to fulfil their promises to Lalur residents. It is shocking that Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan could not get the Corporation to solve the problems faced by the people of Lalur,” Mr. Jesudas was quoted as saying.

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