As the capital city's waste management crisis threatens to get out of hand in the face of the impending monsoon, the mobile-incinerator project mooted by the State government to process waste in the city has hit a roadblock.
With just a few days remaining for awarding the tender, the incinerator project has stumbled upon a legal hurdle following a petition filed by C.L. Anto, a resident of Thrissur, in the High Court of Kerala.
The court has directed the State government to present a report on the project after Mr. Anto challenged the legality of the global tender floated by the government to procure two truck-mounted incinerators.
Following this, the Small Industries Development Corporation (SIDCO) and State government have made an informal decision to go slow on the project.
Breach of procedure
Mr. Anto has claimed in the court that the State government had breached administrative procedures by inviting tenders for the project in February 2012, when service providers for mobile-incinerator and other waste management schemes had already been shortlisted by the Suchitwa Mission in December 2011 and later notified by the government.
He claims that the proposals submitted by him, under the aegis of the National Energy and Waste Management Cooperative Society, were approved by the government-appointed technical committee and the society was subsequently shortlisted by the Suchitwa Mission.
¡°But instead of awarding the project to us, they bypassed the list and called fresh tenders for the mobile-incinerator project, which is a violation,¡± he told The Hindu on Sunday.