With the existing contract for treatment of waste at Brahmapuram Solid Waste Treatment Plant with the agency Environ Green culminating by the end of this month, the Kochi Corporation will soon take measures for the re-tendering process.
Unless the re-tendering is done or renewal of contract is carried out, the waste removal and disposal mechanism of Kochi city as well as the neighbouring municipalities will be affected. “The two-year contract, that was signed with Environ Green in February 2012 will end this month. So far, the agency has succeeded in treating the waste of Kochi as well from some of the municipalities successfully to a certain extend. The condition of the Plant at the time when they undertook it was really pathetic and now it has improved. However, we will have to discuss the issue at the Corporation Council meeting to take a final decision on whether to entrust them again or re tender the work,” said a Kochi Corporation official.
At present, the waste from Kochi Corporation, along with neighbouring municipalities such as Thrikkakkara, Aluva, Kalamassery, and Tripunithura is being at the Brahmapuram plant.
Meanwhile, Kochi Corporation Health Standing Committee chairman T K Ashraf said that the Health Standing Committee that will be convened on Tuesday will discuss the issue. “We will discuss the issue at the Health Standing Committee meeting. The decision will be included in the agenda for the next Council meeting for its approval,” he said.
However the opposition councillors said they are not against the renewal of contract with the existing agency.
“If the work is satisfactory, then we have no objection in renewing the contract. But, we will insist that every procedures should be carried out in a transparent manner,” said an opposition councillor.
The agency Environ Green not only restarted the waste treatment mechanism at the Plant, but also took initiatives for cultivating various crops, including paddy, plantains and other vegetables in the area surrounding the plant. The manure from the Plant is being used for the cultivation.