Thiruvananthapuram Corporation Board Adopts Action Plan for Cleanup of Water Bodies
The Corporation’s city council adopted action plans for cleaning the city’s water bodies and for pre-monsoon cleaning activities at a special meeting convened on Saturday.
Councilors of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) walked out at the end of the meeting to protest against comments made by some councilors of the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) accusing BJP councilors of having ulterior motives. thoughts by launching baseless criticisms against the precedents own- civic body campaigns.
The action plan, presented by the Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Health, P. Jameela Sreedharan, was prepared as part of the state government’s Thelineerozhukum Navakeralam campaign to clean up water bodies across the State. Haritha Keralam Mission, Suchitwa Mission, Departments of Health and Water Resources, Kudumbashree, Clean Kerala Company and other agencies will be part of the campaign which will focus on reducing the dumping of sludge and other waste households and institutions in water bodies by proposing alternative scientific arrangements.
The campaign will kick off this week with ward-level sanitation committees mapping the condition of water bodies in their respective areas and identifying areas that need cleaning. Sources of waste will also be identified and alternatives proposed. Neighborhood level action plans will be prepared after the initial mapping. Mass cleaning campaigns will then be organized. A Corporation-level water committee headed by the mayor will oversee the campaign.
Alongside the campaign, the company will organize its own pre-monsoon cleaning campaign of all public spaces. The action plan for this was also presented and approved at the board meeting. Groups of 50 houses or institutions will be formed in each neighborhood for cleaning activities. Neighborhood level micro-plans will be prepared.
Biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste recovered from clogged drains will be separated and non-biodegradable waste will be handed over to Clean Kerala Company. The Haritha Karma Sena will conduct awareness campaigns in all neighborhoods to ensure household waste is separated and handed over for treatment. Mosquito source destruction activities will be carried out. An amount of ₹1 lakh will be allocated to each department for pre-monsoon cleaning activities.
Mayor Arya Rajendran said 1,619 works were undertaken as part of pre-monsoon activities last year. This year, a total of 1,148 works were submitted.