According to reports, as many as 10 biogas plants will be set up in the city in six months as part of efforts to find a lasting solution to the garbage issue, Mayor Prasanna Earnest informed an emergency ad hoc meeting of the City Corporation Council here on Monday.
The meeting was convened following an agitation by the residents of Kureepuzha against the wanton dumping of garbage collected from the city at the dumping yard there. (Residents called off the agitation on Sunday following talks with Labour Minister Shibu Baby John and the Mayor). The agitation had brought garbage collection in the city to a standstill for over 10 days.
Attractive subsidies would be provided to individual households for installing biogas plants. The cost for setting up a plant which can treat 5 kg of waste would be Rs.12,000. The State government subsidy would be Rs.7.500 and the Corporation’s Rs.2,500, Ms. Earnest said.