The Parasssala Grama Panchayat has said an emphatic ‘no’ to the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation’s plans to cart city wastes to the panchayat limits.
The grama panchayat will not support any move that would prove hazardous to public health, panchayat president T K Sarojini said. On Monday, Sarojini issued a statement in this regard. ‘’The people are asking us why should we let the city dump its waste here. We are facing problems disposing of garbage generated in the panchayat. The Corporation’s move will only aggravate the problem,’’ she said.
According to her, the people and the panchayat will oppose any move to transport wastes from elsewhere into the region tooth and nail.
On Friday, the panchayat and Parassala MLA A T George had convened an all-party meeting to gauge the public mood, and it was emphatic on the point that the Corporation drop the idea.
Earlier, the Corporation and the railway had reached an understanding to use garbage from the city as landfill material at railway platform construction sites in and around Thiruvananthapuram. This had triggered vehement opposition in places such as Kochuveli, where the police had to be called in.
With the people of Vilappil adamant that the garbage treatment plant should never be opened, the Corporation had planned to truck out hundreds of tonnes of garbage accumulated in the city to Parassala, 30 kilometres away.
‘’At the all-party meeting, representatives of various political parties, residents’ associations and the trading community were of the opinion that dumping garbage here would only create problems for us. The Corporation should drop the move,’’ the panchayat president said.
The City Corporation has taken the stand that it will do whatever the State Government says. But, recently, a plan to move the wastes to Parassala had to be dropped following a public outcry.