Thiruvananthapuram: When waste disposal has reached a stalemate in the city and continues to be a source of worry for the local body as well as the police who are entrusted with the task of protecting the Vilappilsala plant, the city police have come out with their own plan to deal with the issue. All the 20 police stations in the city limits will soon set up waste composting units following an order of the city police chief two months ago. And the Medical College police station has already set up a waste composting unit which became operational a month ago, setting an example for other police stations.
“It has been functioning very well, making the station premises more clean,” said Medical College Circle Inspector Pramod Kumar. “The direction to set up the waste composting units was given when waste management became a serious issue in the city. All the police stations would set up units in a couple of months. The size of the units would be according to the need of each police station,” said City Police Commissioner T J Jose.
However, even without the waste composting units, the police personnel never made any lapses in cleaning the station premises. “An order to keep the station premises clean was issued by the DGP in 2011. After that, cleaning the stations and the premises were done with extra care. The officers, when visiting the stations or passing through them, ensure that the order is implemented with due importance,” said Jose.
After the order came into effect, it has been ensured that the cleaning is done at least once a week. Usually, in most stations, the waste is being buried. As almost all the police stations have ample space, digging pits and burying waste was not a big headache and the garbage generated from the functioning of the stations was never much in quantity.
But ever since waste management turned a big issue with the closure of the Vilappilsala plant and the houses and firms started opting for waste composting units, the cops also felt the need to get updated with the latest method of managing waste.