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Police protection for vehicles carrying garbage to Vadavathur

Staff Reporter

Case regarding dump yard will come for hearing before High Court on June 15


Project mooted to find a lasting solution to municipal waste management issue

Project to be modelled on the one being implemented in Kochi


KOTTAYAM: The residents of Vadavathur, one of the fastest growing suburbs of the town, are in for yet another season of suffering with the onset of monsoon, even as the authorities got a temporary respite from the ongoing agitation against the dumping of municipal waste at the dumping yard there.

In a directive, the Kerala High Court asked the district authorities to provide police protection for the vehicles carrying garbage to the dumping yard at Vadavathur till June 14. The case in this regard, pending before the High Court, will come up for hearing on June 15.

The three parties involved — Kottayam municipality, Vijayapuram grama panchayat where the dumping yard is situated and the Action Committee — had taken differing views on the issue.

While the municipal authorities took the stance that they had commenced work as per the undertakings made before the court earlier, the Action Council had maintained that the work had not been progressing and the leakage of leachate had increased with the onset of monsoon. Meanwhile, the grama panchayat will submit an affidavit on its stance when the case comes up on June 14.

Meanwhile, at a meeting called by District Collector Mini Antony on Tuesday, the district and municipal authorities decided to finalise a comprehensive project to find a lasting solution to the municipal waste management issue.

The first step would be a detailed survey for the purpose. The project, which would be modelled on the successful one being implemented in Kochi, would seek to process the waste at the source.

It was also decided to seek financial support under the Kuttanad Package for setting up a treatment plant for the municipal vegetable market, one of the biggest contributors to the dumping yard. Funding from various agencies would be utilised for the comprehensive project.

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