Kerala govt to strengthen waste management in wake of Brahmapuram incident

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Brahmapuram waste treatment plant after fire outbreak

Kochi: Minister for Industries P Rajeev has put forward a comprehensive action plan for the smooth implementation of waste management in the wake of the Brahmapuram fire outbreak. Instead of launching a new set of laws for waste treatment, the action plan focuses on making the existing laws stringent.

In a Facebook post, the minister warned of strict actions against the violators under the provisions of the Solid Waste Management Act and Environment Protection Act.

Major proposals are:

Measures will be taken to ensure on-site waste treatment at residences. The local governing bodies that successfully implement this will be declared waste free on June 5.

Emergency council meetings will be convened in all local bodies to inform the launch of the execution of the action plan on March 13. Following this, notices have to be issued in all houses under the respective local bodies.

The people’s representatives and political leaders are directed to create awareness among the residents by visiting each house in a locality.

A report has to be submitted by March 17 which includes the details of the houses and institutions with no facilities to carry out the on-site waste treatment.

The respective local self-government institutions have to provide financial and technical assistance to those who have no resources to manage waste.

The head of the local bodies and vigilance squads will be entrusted to inspect that the directions were followed without any lapse.

GPS-enabled devices will be fixed on the lorries carrying wastes to sewage treatment plants and the apartments are directed to set up sewage treatment facilities before June 30.

A special action plan will be resorted to dealing with the garbage in public places with the support of Kudumbashree, MGNREGA workers, Haritha Karma Sena, residents’ associations and youth clubs.

War rooms will be set up at district and regional levels. The officials concerned will scrutinise the operations of waste management in the state.

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