Municipality Bills Passed – Kerala Assembly

17 December 2012

Kerala Assembly on Monday passed Kerala Municipality (Amendment) Bill . The Bill seeks to replace an Ordinance issued for mandating treatment of waste at source and extend the time allowed for member of municipal bodies to file their statement of assets.

The House adopted an amendment to include fish stalls among the commercial establishments required to process waste at source. The others are shopping centres, hospitals, markets, abattoirs, chicken stalls, halls rented out for marriage receptions, hotels and catering services and flats. Houses with plinth area exceeding 400 square metres too are required to treat waste at source as per an amendment to the Bill adopted by the House. The original provision covered only houses with plinth area exceeding 600 square meters.

The Bill also proposes restriction on sale and use of plastic bags and covers. Plastic will have to be kept separate from other waste for processing. Municipalities are required to set up a fund for waste disposal. The Bill was reported by the Subject Committee with dissent notes from Opposition members P. Sreemakrishnan (CPI-M), E. K. Vijayan (CPI) and P. T. A. Rahim. They said that there was no need to extend the time for filing of statement of assets permanently. The Bill was also inadequate in addressing the waste management problems of the State.


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