Kochi: Opposition members in City Corporation council visited Brahmapuram waste treatment plant on Wednesday and termed the situation as ‘very grave’.
Huge piles of untreated inorganic waste, including garbage transported from flooded areas, pose serious threat to the environment, the councillors observed.
“The plant is now sitting on a powder keg with huge piles of un-segregated garbage shifted from affected local bodies. In the absence of a leachete plant, waste water from garbage piles is reaching Kadambrayar river and nearby areas. Unbearable stench from the plant will result in serious health hazards to local residents,” said V.P Chandran, CPM parliamentary party leader in the council.
Nearly 250 tonnes of organic waste and 120 tonnes of non-biodegradable garbage from the city and outskirts are being transported to the plant every day.
Since the inorganic waste is not treated scientifically using methods like land-filling, the entire area is filled with heaps of garbage.
A total of 2,618 truckloads of inorganic waste, nearly 1,110 tonnes, from flood hit areas have been transported to Brahmapuram, according to Suchitwa Mission data....