Photo: Screengrab/ MB Rajesh
Thiruvananthapuram: Minister for Local Self-Government MB Rajesh claimed that the company that inked a contract with Kochi Corporation for biomining at the Brahmapuram plant has prior experience in the field. While speaking in the Kerala assembly on Monday, he dismissed claims that the company lacked the technical expertise in waste disposal management.
His remark came in reply to a query raised by former Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala over picking the company for waste disposal in Brahmapuram.
"The company has been leading waste disposal management at around two dozen cities in the country. The company has been functioning in Congress plenary sessions held in Raipur and Rajasthan's Jodhpur. During Congress reign in Punjab, a company plant was also inaugurated by former CM Amarinder Singh in Patiala," said Rajesh. He added that a clear political agenda is behind creating false propaganda against the company.
"The so-called company, argued to exist only on paper, has been a partner in Gail's project. The latest allegations against the company are as per media reports. A probe is ongoing to study fire accidents at Brahampuram. The truth will prevail once facts in the report come out," he said.
He also slammed the media for creating a false image about the fire. "During the tenure of the LDF government, 120 acres of land was acquired by Corporation in Brahmapuram. All forms of garbage are dumped here without systematically sorting it out. As a result, large heaps of garbage remained in Brahmapuram. During the tenure of Soumini Jain as Kochi Mayor and TJ Vinod as deputy mayor, the Green tribunal issued an order over scientifically disposing off garbage in Brahmapuram. However, the Corporation council postponed this agenda 23 times. I am not criticizing anyone, only reminding some facts. In 2009, when LDF was in power in Kochi, the city received the award for zero waste municipality," he said.