Kochi: With the National Green Tribunal (NGT) taking a dig at the Cochin Port Trust (CPT) for dumping waste in the marshy land on the shores of the backwaters off Willington Island near Kannangatt bridge, the Port authorities have been forced to act. The port authorities in association with the Kochi corporation has started measures to remove and treat the waste dumped in the land.It was following a complaint that waste was being dumped in around five acres in Willingdon Island near Kannangatt bridge that Justice A V Ramakrishna Pillai brought the issue to the notice of the NGT. On the basis of a report by Pillai, who is the chairman of the state-level monitoring committee of the NGT, the tribunal initiated a case. The NGT suo motu made CPT and Kerala coastal zone management authority (KCZMA) as respondents in the case. The NGT also instructed CPT and KCZMA to submit their reports on the issue. âWe will remove the waste from the area. The waste will be treated with the support of the corporation,â an official with the CPT said. âWe have already started measures to erect surveillance cameras in the area. Moreover, efforts are on to construct a fence along a 200-m area,â the official said.Mayor M Anil Kumar said that he would be meeting the CPT chairperson to discuss the issue. âIt is a grave issue. We will take measures to stop dumping of waste in the area. We will hold a meeting with the CPT chairperson soon,â the mayor said. The councillors had already taken up the issue at the council meetings.According to Tibin Devassy, the councillor from Island South, there is a mafia indulged in dumping waste. âThey would collect waste from hospitals and other such institutions from the limits of the neighbouring local bodies of Kochi corporation and would dump it in the marshy land in the island. There will be escorts for such vehicles,â Devassy said. âThose escorting the vehicle will pass on information regarding the presence of police or councillor in the area to the driver. They used to dump the waste between 1am to 3am. If police are there in the area, the trucks carrying the waste will remain stationed somewhere else. When the cops or the councillor go back, those escorting the waste carrier will send a message to the driver. The driver will take the truck to the marshy land and unload it in a few seconds,â Devassy said.Septage waste collected even from distant areas also are being dumped into the backwaters, he said.âThere is a hose which workers of septage tankers use to drain out waste into the backwaters. They would attack if anybody challenges them,â Devassy said.
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