M Anilkumar | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Kochi: Municipal corporation mayor M Anilkumar expressed displeasure with the National Green Tribunal order to pay environmental compensation for the fire at Brahmapuram waste dumping yard. The mayor said he had expected the tribunal to hear the matter in detail.
In a major setback to the state government and the Kochi corporation, the NGT asked the local body to pay environmental compensation of Rs 100 crore in the recent fire incident. The move came a day after it warned the government of a fine up to Rs 500 cr. The tribunal had initiated a suo motu case in the incident.
Anilkumar said the local body would discuss the matter with legal counsel regarding the future course of action. We have been pointing out the lapses in the plant since 2012.
“The order says waste must be treated at source. But we have followed the opposite method since 2010. It is true that the matter is not resolved yet. But this administration cannot be held responsible. We just came to power. Covid-19 restrictions were just relaxed,” Anilkumar said.
The tribunal ordered Kochi corporation to pay the amount within a month. The tribunal has also sought action against those responsible for the mishap. It added that the NGT is not a mute spectator.