CM Pinarayi announces massive campaign to make Kerala ‘waste-free’

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at assembly

Thiruvananthapuram: In the wake of the fire at the landfill at Brahmapuram in Kochi that lasted for more than 10 days, the Kerala government announced a two-phase massive campaign to make Kerala "waste-free."

The first phase is from March 13 to May 31 and the second phase from September 1 to December 31.

“What we learnt from Brahmapuram is that waste management has to be addressed without failure immediately across Kerala. We will define the roles of the state government, local-self governments and people in managing waste," the CM said.

Scientific treatment of solid and liquid waste, construction waste, biomedical waste and e-waste will also be part of the plan. Massive outreach programmes to educate the people will be conducted, the CM added.

There will be no relaxation in implementing the laws related to waste management, he added. Pinarayi also said that the state could no longer bear protests against some of the waste treatment plants in the state. Protesters have vested interests. It will not be an excuse to stop construction. They will be overcome, he said in the Assembly.

Source treatment of bio waste, collection of non-biodegradable waste at door steps, empowering Haritha Karma Sena, cleaning public spaces and cleaning water resources will be ensured during this campaign. War rooms will be set up at multiple levels. Vigilance and social audit will be conducted, the CM said.

Pinarayi also informed the Assembly that international expertise would be utilised for the campaign. The World Bank has already offered help. Discussions with the WB team will be held on March 21 and 23.

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