THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, March 3, 2013 Updated: March 3, 2013 14:05 IST
S. K. Pillai at the panel discussion on the challenges of waste
management in Kerala organised by COSTFORD and LBC in
Thiruvananthapuram. Photo: C. Ratheesh kumar
Says those who closed waste plant should provide alternative
Mayor K. Chandrika on Saturday lashed out at the State government,
saying that it could not adopt double standards with city Corporations
while dealing with the same issue and that it could not shirk its
responsibility of ensuring the rule of law.
Inaugurating a panel discussion on solid waste management organised by
the Centre of Science and Technology For Rural Development (COSTFORD)
and the Laurie Baker Centre for Habitat Studies here, Ms. Chandrika said
the same attitude and approach that was seen while dealing with the
Brahmapuram garbage disposal issue should be adopted by the government
in the case of Vilappilsala as well.
At the same time, the government, which, unlike the Corporation, had the
means of ensuring the rule of law, should see to it that the Supreme
Court ruling on the Vilappilsala garbage factory was implemented.
Pointing out that the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation had done all that
was possible within its power to get the factory operational again, the
Mayor said those who closed the factory had the moral responsibility to
come up with an alternative solution to the issue of waste disposal.
That the Corporation was ready to do what it could was evident in the
manner in which the piled-up garbage in the city was cleared in just
four days before the Attukal Pongala festival, that too, after the
government had backed out in the last minute of a move to get the waste
removed by a private firm. This was after keeping the Corporation
waiting for over 20 days after it had pointed out the need to clear the
garbage before the festival.
Stating that she would stick to her stance that it was up to the
government to ensure that either the factory was opened or an
alternative was found, Ms. Chandrika said none of the other places in
the State, be it Kozhikode, Kollam, Brahmapuram in Ernakulam or Lalur in
Thrissur, had a waste treatment plant of the capacity of Vilappilsala.
However, the government, which had come up with a solution to the
Brahmapuram issue with a discussion that lasted a little more than an
hour, was unable to do the same here, where it was a Congress-ruled
panchayat that was in the eye of the storm.
Listing out one by one what the Corporation had done to solve the
garbage mess in the State capital, Ms. Chandrika said Vilappilsala was
an example of how anarchy would arise where the government failed to
ensure the rule of law.
The discussion, which was also themed on how it was time to review the
efficacy of the decentralised local governing body system in the context
of the present garbage disposal controversy, later had presentations by
senior scientist of the Centre for Earth Science Studies R. Ajaykumar
Varma and C. Jayakumar of Thanal, an NGO.
Chairman of COSTFORD and Laurie Baker Centre K.P. Kannan spoke.