Locals to intensify protest against unchecked waste disposal at fire-hit Brahmapuram plant

Amrita A.U

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Kochi: Janakeeya Prathirodha Samithi, a people's collective, has announced a protest over transporting of waste by flouting norms to the fire-hit waste treatment plant in Brahampuram.

Earlier, the officials directed that wastes should be brought to the plant only when it becomes operational. However, on Friday night, the locals protested after some tried to deliver garbage to the plant.

Younes, a member of the Kunnathunad panchayat and a member of the Samithi, has said that they would launch a strike from Monday onwards against the violations of norms set up following the fire in the Brahmapuram plant.

He told Mathrubhumi.com that some are still trying to ignore instructions such as not bringing the plastic waste to Brahmapuram.

"It is the responsibility of Congress, which is the opposition in the state, to stop efforts made to dump the garbage in Brahmapuram. The waste was brought to the plant after the protestors were arrested and removed. This issue here is not about the demand of a political party alone. It is a common problem for all the people living in the vicinity of the plant," he said.

He also asked all political parties and organizations to come forward and join the protest from Monday onward.

Earlier, Kerala Chief Minister prevented the transport of plastic wastes to the Brahmapuram plant.

"The court has strictly opposed the use of open vehicles to transport wastes to the plant. Despite the ruling, to much public annoyance, the waste is still brought in open vehicles. Such vehicles will no longer be permitted at Brahmapuram," he said.

He added that only vehicles carrying food waste would be permitted to enter the plant after Samithi members inspect them.

He also criticized the government for deliberately hiding the health problems in the area and not sending a medical team.

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