The Kochi Corporation will soon come up with its proposed water policy. The Corporation budget has earmarked the necessary funds for the project, Mayor Tony Chammany has said.
Inaugurating a two-day training camp on ‘Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) for small projects’ on SCMS campus, Kalamassery, the Mayor said the water policy would be the first-ever initiative of this nature launched by any Corporation in the country. It will be a joint initiative of Corporation and SCMS Engineering College.
“The negative impact on our environment due to recent economic growth and related developmental activities has made the EIA an unavoidable component for any development project. As of now, the EIA is mandatory only for large-scale projects. However the impact of many small projects could be much higher than that from a single large project. Environmental clearance would be needed even for small projects in the near future,” he pointed out.
SCMS Group chairman GPC Nayar presided over the inaugural ceremony.
The training camp is a joint venture with Kochi Municipal Corporation and the Centre for Sustainable Water Technology and Management and Department of Environmental Engineering of SCMS Engineering College, Karukutty.
Group director P C Pillai, SCMS Engineering College principal M Madhvan spoke.