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Campaign to set up permanent waste management mechanism

The Hindu, 18 January, 2014


To involve all grama panchayats and municipalities in Kottayam


District Collector Ajit Kumar holding discussions with officials on the launch of a campaign on waste management, in Kottayam on Friday.– Photo: By Special Arrangement

KOTTAYAM: District Collector Ajit Kumar on Friday said a campaign aiming at establishing a permanent mechanism for waste management would be kicked off in the district. The campaign will involve all the 73 grama panchayats and four municipalities.

The campaign, which will be headed by the District Collector, will be kick-started after wide-ranging consultations with all stake holders. The first meeting was held on Friday at the district collectorate. The district-level committee to spearhead the campaign will be formed shortly with representatives from the department of health and panchayat, the sanitation mission and national rural health mission.


Presenting the preliminary project for the purpose, Mr. Kumar said a special purpose vehicle (SPV) would be set up and government sanction would be sought in this regard. Services of Residents Associations, Youth clubs, National Cadet Corps (NCC), National Service Societies (NSS), colleges and Kudumbasree units would be roped in for the purpose, he said. In the first phase, the focus will be on waste management at the source. This will mainly consist of processing the household waste. The second phase will include processing the waste produced by commercial institutions.


According to the District Collector, the purpose is to establish a permanent mechanism for waste management in the district. “We discuss the issue when it poses a problem. This attitude should change,” he said. The fund for the project would be sought from the Plan fund, the Local Area Development funds of the MPs and the MLAs, and from the non-resident Indian community, he said. “The district spends an amount for Rs.5 crore annually through the sanitation mission. But an effective solution to waste menace still evades the district,” the Collector said.


‘Not satisfied’


Later, speaking to media persons, Mr. Kumar said he was not fully satisfied with the efforts of the Kottayam municipality in the Vadavathur dumping yard issue.