Brahmapuram waste treatment plant | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Kochi: The High Court asked the Kochi Municipal Corporation to furnish details on the total amount spent for waste treatment in Brahmapuram. If necessary, the court also instructed the secretary to issue a memo to the Corporation Accounts Officer to obtain the total expense incurred.
The court also expressed dissatisfaction over an agreement between the corporation with the biomining company. The court pointed out that the contract written by the two parties does not mention the punitive measures to be taken in case of a breach of contract terms.
The remark from the court came while considering a suo moto petition filed following the fire accident at Brahampuram solid waste treatment plant.
The Corporation Secretary clarified that he was not satisfied with the work undertaken by the contract company. "A total of Rs 31 crores was spent for bio-waste treatment in the plant, with Rs 30 lakhs paid to the company per month. After a year, it was recommended that it was better not to renew the contract with the company. However, the Corporation Council did not take a decision."
At the same time, the court also directed officials to collect water samples from the vicinity of the Brahmapuram plant and conduct tests to ascertain the presence of dangerous components. Further, the pollution and air quality levels also need to be tested. The court has also given 24 hours to conduct tests and file a report on the matter.