According to reports, the Guruvayur Devaswom Board will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with an Alappuzha-based company in a couple of days to set up a waste management plant in Punnathurkotta, where elephants owned by the board are housed.
The draft of the agreement between the board and the company has been prepared and sent to the forest department for approval. Devaswom chairman T Chandramohan said,
“The MoU is expected to be signed in a couple of days. We have sent the draft agreement to Thiruvananthapuram. We will sign the MoU after getting approval.”
The plant is being set up to process the elephant excreta and other waste that get accumulated in Punnathurkotta. Many people had expressed concern over waste getting accumulated here as it would affect the health of the elephants.
Based on The Times of India report of September 5 on the issue, the high court had taken a suo moto case against the Devaswom and asked the veterinary doctor in the sanctuary to file an affidavit in the court.
The decision to set up the plant was taken following the court directive. The court had also asked the district collector and the forest department to find a suitable place to dump waste.