A movement to activate people and local self bodies to recycle the garbage at source was kick started on November 1 the formation day of Kerala state, by CPI(M) state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan at Jagathi ground at Thiruvananthapuram. After inaugurating the program Vijayanm along with CPI(M) district secretary Kadakampalli Surendran and T N Seema MP led thousands of workers in cleaning the Jagathi ground. The 2.3 acre ground which was a turned a dumping ground after the shutting down the garbage recycling plant in Vilappilshala was clened after 6 hour long operation.
The Party took the initiative in wake of epidemics and pollution of water bodies due to untreated garbage lying in such grounds. It may be recalled that the CPI(M) state plenum held in Palakkad last year had adopted a resolution calling for a massive effort to resolve this issue.
The Alappuzha Municipality under the guidance of CPI(M) Central Committee member and local MLA Thomas Isaac, had undertaken a successful programme for treating waste at source. Taking inspiration from this project the Thiruvanathapuram Municipal Corporation commenced a cleaning project in Eruamakkuzhi, another vast garbage ground in the city. The cleaning drive called ‘My City, Beautiful City’ was inaugurated by state Health Minister V S Shivakumar. Apart from Mayor K Chandrika, Dr. Thomas Isaac MLA, BJP leader and former Central Minister O Rajagopal, A Shivankutti MLA, CPI leader K Prakash Babu also participated in the program.
CPI(M) Politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan inaugurated the program near Thiruvananthapuram Medical College. Kodiyeri and Koliyakkod Krishnan Nair MLA led the program. Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan’s visited all the three centers to inspire the workers engaged in the work.