Thiruvananthapuram: The dawn-to-dusk hartal
called by BJP in the state capital against the crisis in
garbage movement evoked partial response.
The protest was organised against the `failure` of the
city corporation and the state government to resolve the
crisis concerning garbage movement, which has resulted in
houselhold waste piling up in the city in the last five days.
While shops and restaurants remained closed,the hartal did
not seriously hamper bus and other public transport services.
BJP workers took out a march accusing the government and
the corporation of sitting idle while the entire city was
Emergency services like healthcare, milk supply and wedding
parties had been exempted from the shut-down protest.
Garbage collection and disposal has come to a halt in the
city following the stand-off between the city corporation and
Vilapplil village panchyat on the outskirts, where the waste
processing plant is located.
People in village wanted the plant to be re-located,saying
its presence caused serious health problems in the area. The
village civic authorities had last week locked up the gates of
the plant to stop the waste from being dumped there.
Though Chief Minister Oommen Chandy held talks with the
panchayat and corporation authorities last week, no solution
could be found to the issue.