Kerala CPI(M) Takes Initiatives for Cleaner Environment
N S Sajith
A one-day seminar on garbage management was organised by AKG Padana Gaveshana Kendram in Alappuzha on September 29. Stressing on the need to take the garbage issue seriously, CPI(M) has urged the people of the state to process household waste at the source to ensure a healthy life and preserve healthy surroundings. Announcing the road map for garbage management, CPI(M) state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said the party would take up comprehensive garbage management as a new mission for healthy life and healthy environment. The party will rope in all class organisations, people’s representatives, party-led local bodies and expert for the management of the waste at the source. The party also suggested steps to be implemented at a local level. In coming months, hundreds of waste management units would come up, Vijayan said. The CPI(M) state conference held in Thiruvananthapuram and the state plenum held at Palakkad had discussed this issue thoroughly. This seminar is an extension of these discussions. Vijayan urged the people to initiate efforts to preserve rivers, canals, ponds, besides taking up the issue of garbage management. Inaugurating the seminar, opposition leader in the assembly V S Achuthanandan said pollution of drinking water poses a grave challenge before Kerala and it has to be taken up seriously. Kerala always boasts about the presence of 44 rivers. But now water of the holy river Pamba is polluted with coliform bacteria. Fast urbanisation has resulted in piling up of garbage and crisis of drinking water. ‘Fast food and Mall culture’ and extensive use of plastic carry bags have added to the garbage problem, he said. The party will take up successful waste management projects being implemented by CPI(M)-led local bodies. Alappuzha, under the leadership of CPI(M) MLA Thomas Isaac, has implemented “clean house, clean city” project and it now has biogas plants to treat waste at disposal.