The mayor seeks to clarify the plans for wastewater treatment plants
As protests brew against Kothi sewage treatment plant (STP) and agitation against Avikkal Thodu STP turns violent, Kozhikode Corporation is determined to clear the air and convince local residents the need for the facilities.
A meeting convened by Mayor Beena Philip on Saturday sought to allay the apprehensions of Kothi residents. The mayor promised that the corporation would not go ahead with the project without dispelling people’s doubts.
Representatives of various political parties and associations of residents of the region attended the meeting during which they sought clarification from experts. At the same time, several people boycotted the meeting, saying they didn’t want the STPs.
However, the authorities indicated that there was no question of abandoning the project which, according to them, was necessary given the rapid development of the city.
“Kozhikode has a population density that is five times the state’s average population. Several studies have identified the presence of bacteria in Kozhikode water. Our canals are also polluted,” the mayor said in a statement.
The company also refuted the request to build the factories on other vacant land instead of densely populated areas.
“Such plants should appear in densely populated places. The 13 MLD plant was split in two due to space constraints. As part of the project, toilet waste will be collected from homes and transported to the factory through a network of pipes, where it will be treated and turned into manure and water. Such systems exist in most apartment complexes in the city. It won’t cause any kind of stink,” the mayor said.
Meanwhile, the Kozhikode Corporation has also hinted at building similar factories in other parts of the city.