Thiruvananthapuram: Amid protests against the proposed biomedical waste treatment facility of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) at the Peringamala panchayat near Palode, Health Minister KK Shylaja has voiced her support for the plant.

“Will go ahead with the plant project. It was approved earlier itself in a meet in which Forest Minister also took part. There is no other option to process hospital waste,” she said.

Massive protests are being witnessed against the setting up of the waste treatment plant of IMA at an ecologically sensitive zone in the panchayat.

This is the second project in the state. In 2004, a biomedical waste treatment plant by IMA was setup and has been a model to other states. At present, the wastes from all government and private hospitals are being treated here.

Earlier IMA officials had confirmed that scientific methods are being adopted to process the waste and the concerns are baseless.