According to reports, MP Shashi Tharoor asked the corporation to adopt of time-tested projects and technologies for an effective solid waste management system in the state capital.
Releasing a half-term progress report of the projects he had undertaken as Thiruvananthapuram’s MP, Tharoor said the corporation could have sought the technical assistance of Barcelona, if the CPM-led local self-government institution had taken a receptive attitude towards the twin city project proposed by him.
“Barcelona city has the experience and expertise in solid waste management. They had made an underground waste treatment plant and built a stadium above that facility. The surrounds of the waste treatment plant is so pure that the stadium above it was one of the venues for the Olympics,” Tharoor said. The proposal, though was in an advanced stage, was not even discussed in the corporation council, he said.
Former city corporation had said it had no statutory powers to sign such a project with a foreign city. However, many Indian cities, including New Delhi, have already inked such twin city projects with foreign cities, Tharoor said.
Though sought not to give a political colour to the waste management crisis in the capital city, Tharoor said the corporation has not been effectively unitizing Central funds aimed at developing basic infrastructure facilities, including solid waste management.