Kochi: Despite local protests, the state government is moving ahead with plans to establish a joint sewage treatment plant in Edayar Industrial Zone. The project was included in the progress report released by MP for Kalamassery P Rajeeve, who is also Minister of Industry, as a major achievement.
The progress report released by the Minister on Monday indicates that the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) agreed to support the project financially with Rs 30 crore and that funds would be granted under the bank’s cluster development programme. The Pura of Edayar Samrakshana Samithi had recently decided to continue to oppose the project despite the assurances given by the district administration.
Kadungalloor Panchayat President Suresh Muttathil said that there were apprehensions in people’s minds about the proposed plant and that the government should be prepared to address those apprehensions before going ahead with the project.
The progress report says the new plant would permanently solve the problem of the discharge of untreated sewage from industrial areas into the Periyar River.
“The plant will have a treatment capacity of 2 million liters per day and all the existing effluent treatment units in the industrial zone will join with the upcoming joint effluent plant in Edayar,” it says. he. The National Pollution Control Commission had found higher levels of biological oxygen demand (BOD) in samples taken from drains leading to the Periyar River. The state-level Solid Waste Management Oversight Committee (SLMC) had previously expressed doubts that effluent and untreated sewage was being discharged into the river through pipes and drains intended to discharge rainwater.