THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The plan to set up an Organic Waste Convertor for processing biodegradable waste in Sasthamangalam ward is raising concerns among the residents, who are still clueless regarding the nature of the plant that is coming up. The ward is one among the 31 places chosen for installing waste management plants.
“We want a waste treatment plant here and are not against it. But till date things have not been explained to the residents on the kind of mechanism that is to be established here. So, the authorities should allay our concerns before setting up the plant here. We also have no clue about the quantity of waste to be brought here,” said G Chandrasekharan Nair, chairman of Janakeeya Samithi, Sasthamangalam.
The City Corporation has identified spots for setting up this decentralised waste management system. In the Sasthamangalam, Poojappura, Thycaud, Valiyasala, Vizhinjam, Harbour, Sreekariyam and Nalanchira wards, the spots are in government-owned land which, therefore, necessitates obtaining permission from the government.
“Before giving nod for setting up the waste processing unit, the matter was discussed in the ward committee and all residents’ associations in the area were intimated on that. Complaints are now being raised by people who had not participated in the meeting,” said Sasthamangalam ward councillor G Sureshkumar.