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Corporation promises to set up refuse derived fuel plant

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Source : The Hindu Date : 12.06.2009

Corporation promises to set up refuse derived fuel plant

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The Kochi Corporation has assured the Ombudsman for Local Self-government Institutions, M.R. Hariharan Nair, that it would set up a refuse derived fuel plant for the treatment of plastic and non-biodegradable waste at the site of the solid waste treatment plant at Brahmapuram shortly.

The deputy secretary of the corporation gave this assurance at a sitting held by the Ombudsman at the district panchayat hall near here on Thursday.

The equipment required for the plant had been readied at an Aurangabad-based firm and steps were afoot to install it at Brahmapuram, the deputy secretary said.

The Ombudsman was told that the tender process for tarring the approach road leading to the Brahmapuram plant would be completed on June 29.

Report sought

The work on the road will be completed at the earliest, a written report submitted by the deputy secretary on behalf of the corporation said. Mr. Nair asked the secretary to inform him of the progress of the work on July 9.

The Ombudsman also instructed the Pollution Control Board to inspect the leachate treatment plant, which was yet to become operational, and to submit a report.

Mr. Nair directed the corporation to pay the outstanding amount owed to the Andhra Pradesh Technology Development Corporation, which runs the Brahmapuram plant.

The corporation said the APTDC had agreed to remove the fertilizer being stored at the plant premises on its own as soon as the plant was handed over to the corporation. Out of the 41 cases considered, six were settled.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2009 12:21

Project to prevent water logging on anvil

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Source : The Hindu Date : 12.06.2009

Project to prevent water logging on anvil

Staff Reporter

Rs. 16.6-crore plan covers 19 major drains and six canals in the city


Many councillors complain about water logging

104 km of drains in the city cleaned

KOCHI: A project for preventing water logging in the city is awaiting government clearance, Mayor Mercy Williams informed the Kochi Corporation Council on Thursday.

Replying to the debate in the council meeting, Ms. Williams said tenders had been floated for the Rs. 16.6-crore work. The project covering 19 major drains and six canals would go a long way in addressing the water logging in the city, she said.

Many councillors had complained about water logging in the city during the monsoon.

The civic body had cleaned 104-km-long drains in the city before April 30. The de-clogging and removal of silt are progressing in major canals, Deputy Mayor C.K. Manisankar said.

Ms. Williams said the 13 railway culverts in the city have been causing considerable water logging. Though the civic authorities had repeatedly requested the Railways to deepen and widen these culverts, it has not responded. It had also failed to remove the silt that has accumulated in the drains, leading to heavy water logging in some parts of the city, Ms. Williams said.

The areas that have been hit due to the inaction of the Railway are Karikkamuri, areas near the KSRTC bus stand, Pullepady, Kalathiparambu, Paramara road, Ponnurunni, Elamakara and Atlantis, she said.

Budget presentation

The Mayor blamed the Public Works Department for failing to construct a drain from Kaloor-Kadavanthra road to Perandur canal and Kaloor-Perandur road to Perandur canal. This has led to water logging in Kaloor and adjoining areas, she said.

The annual budget of the corporation will be presented during the last week of June, said Mr. Manisankar.

The presentation of the budget had to be postponed as the election code of conduct was in force till May 28. The Election Commission had imposed several restrictions on the civic body which had affected the routine works like clearing and de-silting of drains, he said.

Rare gesture

In a rare gesture, the Council meeting felicitated its Secretary Mini Antony, who will take charge as the District Collector of Alappuzha on Monday. Ms. Antony had been instrumental in getting many of the infrastructure projects cleared for the city, including the projects sanctioned by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission and some foreign agencies.

She had also motivated and guided the team of civic officials in the efforts to get more projects cleared for Kochi, Ms. Williams said.

The Mayor presented a memento to Ms. Antony at the council meeting.

A.B. Sabu, K.R. Premakumar, K.J. Antony, Lailamma George, K.N. Sunilkumar, K.J. Sohan, T.K. Ashraf, N. Venugopal, V.K. Thankaraj and K.V.P. Krishnakumar were among those who took part in the discussions.


Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2009 12:17

Kottayam municipal council in limbo

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Source : The Hindu Date : 11.06.2009

Kottayam municipal council in limbo

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KOTTAYAM: Even as the municipal administration is functioning as usual with the acting chairman at the helm, the confusion over the election of a new chairperson for the Kottayam municipality continues.

The municipal administration was pushed into a limbo following the disqualification of the then chairperson Reeba Varkey and three of her followers.

They were disqualified on the complaint made by the Congress on the basis of the Anti-Defection Law. With four members remaining disqualified, the 38-member council now has an active membership of 34.

Out of the 34, the Congress has 16, CPI(M) 14, CPI two. The NCP has one while another member is Independent. It is this complex situation that has resulted in the current imbroglio, since the two single members hold the key to the election of a new chairperson.

The Congress has already called a meeting of its councillors, who according to DCC president K.C. Joseph, were unanimous in ruling out any scope for horse trading. The Congress is not ready to part with the vice-chairman post, he said. He would like the two members join hands with the Congress as they were elected opposing the LDF in the last local bodies elections.

In the LDF camp too, the vice-chairman’s post has become a bone of contention with CPI and the two single members evincing interest in the post.

Meanwhile, the four disqualified persons have not made up their mind whether they should seek legal redress for their grievance.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2009 12:45

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