Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Funds for waste treatment plants

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: There is no hitch in sanctioning funds to local self-government institutions for setting up refuse processing plants, Local Administration Minister Paloli Mohammed Kutty has said.

Distributing the Nirmal Grama Pursakaram, 2009, instituted jointly by the Central and State governments to civic bodies which take up notable initiatives in the total sanitation drive here on Wednesday, Mr. Mohammed Kutty said acute space constraint was an issue that civic chiefs were grappling with on the waste management front. The only sensible option was to decentralise refuse management by setting up small processing plants.

He said attempts to set up major plants often invited public resistance and civic bodies were forced to relinquish the projects. There were no constraints in funding viable proposals, but civic bodies should come up with innovative ideas to tackle the issue.

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