Garbage survey progressing in Thrissur city
A survey to find out the volume of garbage generated in the city is in progress. Anganawadi teachers and Kudumbasree Mission workers have been conducting the door-to-door survey in the corporation limits for the past 10 days. The survey is expected to finish by June 10.
Mayor I.P. Paul said the objective was to chalk out an elaborate plan to treat household waste at source.
It is estimated that there are 1.15 lakh households and more than 200 apartment complexes in the city. Most of them do not have any system to treat waste. A huge number of hotels and marriage halls add to the city's garbage burden.
“The corporation will set up mini-biogas plants for apartments and pipe compost units for households with 50 per cent subsidy. A project will be prepared once the survey is over,” the Mayor said.
The corporation plans to distribute 10,000 pipe compost units in the initial phase. Each unit will cost Rs. 700. The civic body will provide 50 per cent subsidy.
The Mayor said the renovated biogas plant at Sakthan Thampuran fish market would be functional from June 5. The plant can treat the entire fish waste generated at the market, he said.
The corporation is also planning to set up a bio-compost unit on 20 cents of land at Pattalam market to treat the vegetable and poultry waste.
“When these two plants become functional, the Sakthan Thampuran market can treat all its waste on its premises itself. When the waste treatment systems for houses and flats too are ready, the corporation can reduce 70 per cent of the volume of garbage dumped at Lalur,” the Mayor said.
The corporation would take decision on the solid waste treatment unit allotted to the district after holding discussions with the Chief Minister, he said.
Meanwhile, the civic body has intensified the anti-plastic campaign in the city.
The health officials are conducting surprise raids at shops and business establishments. They are levying penalty from traders who use banned plastic carry bags. The licence of erring institutions would be cancelled, the Mayor said.