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Modern waste plant in 3 cities

The Hindu, 30 January 2014


Government committed to finding permanent solution to garbage menace


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Modern garbage treatment plants will be set up in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, and Kozhikode, Minister for Urban Affairs Manjalamkuzhi Ali told the Assembly on Wednesday.


Replying to questions in the House, the Minister said the government was committed to finding a permanent solution to the garbage menace and funds were not a problem for setting up the plants.


The government would set up septage treatment plants in all districts. A septage treatment plant in Ernakulam would be completed in six months and would be followed by the one in Alappuzha and Palakkad.


Mr. Ali said contract had been given to set up modern sewage treatment plants on the lines of the one at Muttathra in the capital in Ernakulam, Kollam, and Kozhikode. The government had allocated Rs.100 crore during the last three years for setting up biogas plants and pipe compost.


A sum of Rs.7 crore had been provided to modernise slaughterhouses in 13 municipalities, Mr. Ali added.


Organic farming


Minister for Agriculture K.P. Mohanan said the department was going ahead with plans to declare Kerala an organic state by 2016. Already, Kasaragod had been declared organic district.


To encourage farmers, he said those using bio-compost would get subsidy. The Kerala State Seeds Authority had been asked to ensure the quality of seeds.


Minister for Rural Development and Planning K.C. Joseph said there had not been any lapse of funds in the case of Centrally sponsored schemes. The State had demanded that the norms should be revised to suit the needs.


Child marriage


Instances of child marriage and “Arabi Kalyanam” had been reported from certain areas, Minister for Social Welfare M.K. Muneer said.


Child marriage attempts in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Idukki, Palakkad, Kannur, and Malappuram had been thwarted. As many as 27 cases of child marriages had been registered after the government came to power, Mr. Muneer said.


Farmers’ suicide


As many as 52 farmers had committed suicide since May 2011, the Agriculture Minister said. The most was in Wayanad, 26, Palakkad, nine, Kannur, six, Kasaragod, three, Thrissur, Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram, two, and Pathanamthitta and Kozhikode, one.