THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Vilappil grama panchayat has sought police protection to make sure that the City Corporation does not carry out any ‘make-up’ activities at the Vilappilsala waste treatment plant ahead of the Advocate Commissioner’s visit on January 14. The Vilappil panchayat officials claimed that they had intervened and stopped cleaning activities in the plant by the Corporation on Tuesday.
According to the panchayat officials, a landfilling exercise was done in the plant using JCB. ‘’It is an attempt by the Corporation to portray that there is no stench or environmental problem here. We would not allow any activities before the Commissioner’s visit,’’ said Sobhanakumari, Vilappil panchayat president.
However, Mayor K Chandrika said that it was an attempt by the panchayat to tarnish the image of the Corporation before the court. She said that there were employees’ quarters within the plant.
‘’Other than that, nobody has gone inside the plant since they locked it up,’’ she said.
The panchayat officials are of the opinion that the Corporation is trying to carry out construction activities in a stealthy manner, which would not be allowed.