Waste management: Brahmapuram fire casts doubt on Kerala govt's data

JS Manoj

Brahmapuram waste treatment plant after fire outbreak

Thiruvananthapuram: The data submitted by the Kerala government to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) regarding the waste management in the state falls under the cloud of suspicion with the fire outbreak at Brahmapuram waste treatment plant. Kerala had been narrowly spared from paying Rs 2000 crore as penalty for sewage treatment when the NGT considered cases of Kerala in 2022.

The tribunal had imposed fine upon West Bengal and Rajasthan earlier after finding lapses in waste management. Kerala got relaxation after it claimed that a fund of Rs 2343.18 crore has been set aside for the waste treatment projects in the state.

In the affidavit submitted to the NGT, the state government had reported the accumulation of 7.41 lakh tonnes of waste in 44 centres, including Brahmapuram plant. The government claimed that nearly 2.46 lakh tonnes of garbage in 18 plants were already treated while the treatment proceedings of 5.05 lakh tonnes of waste in the remaining centres are under progress.

The affidavit noted at least 3472 tonnes of solid wastes are being produced daily in the state, out of which 3205 tonnes are being treated regularly.

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