Now it is official.

Adviser to MoEF visits Sasthamcotta, Ashtamudi lakes

Siddharth Kaul, adviser on wetland conservation to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), has said that a comprehensive management action plan (MAP) is vital for the effective conservation of the Sasthamcotta and Ashtamudi lakes, both Ramsar sites, in Kollam district. Interacting with officials, environment activists and representatives of the people here on Tuesday after assessing the condition of the lakes earlier in the day, Dr. Kaul said he was particularly shocked to see the Ashtamudi lake. “But it is not late; the lakes can definitely be saved.”

Elaborate arrangements have been made to monitor restaurants, hotels and other food businesses within the State and also the inflow of food items from outside the State during the festival season, Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar has said.

Special surveillance squads had already been deployed for the purpose in all districts. Checking had been made more stringent in the border check-posts of Amaravila in Thiruvananthapuram district, Aryankavu in Kollam district and Meenakshipuram and Walayar check-posts in Palakkad district, the Minister said on Sunday.

Clinical labs, dental clinics main sources of infection

There has been a considerable increase in the number of hepatitis-B cases reported in the district, according to a study. A report on the six-month study conducted by Rakesh P.S., an epidemiologist attached to the Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) in Kollam, has been submitted to the District Medical Officer here.

Ashtamudi Lake was declared a wetland of global import 10 years ago

On August 19, 2012, it will be 10 years since the brackish water Ashtamudi Lake with eight creeks was declared a Ramsar site by designating it as a wetland of international importance. The lake was recommended by the Ramsar Convention’s partner organisations as a wetland of 61.4 sq km. And the lake entered the Ramsar list as site number 1,204.

Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Tuesday constituted a seven-member committee headed by the Kollam District Judge to look into the ways and means for the proper functioning of Kollam Corporation’s solid waste disposal plant.

The Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice A.M. Shaffique also directed the committee to file a detailed report regarding the merits and demerits of the present plant and also the measures taken to redress the grievances of the public in three months.

S. Prakash Menon, State president of the Hi-Way Action Forum, has said that any attempt by the government to forcefully acquire land under the guise of a new package for the development of the National Highway will invite stiff resistance from landowners.

The government had not cared to provide details about the National Highway development programme to the people. No study had been conducted on the social, economic, and environmental impact of the programme.

Minister for Forests K.B. Ganesh Kumar will formally launch on Monday the Vanadeepthi scheme of the Forest Department at Pathupara under the Pathanapuram forest range.

The scheme envisages rural afforestation by reviving natural forests. Vanadeepthi will be launched on a five-hectare spread at Pathupara. It was earlier a social forestry spread where acacia and eucalyptus were grown.

KOCHI: Having identified that a ‘waste to energy’ plant will solve the garbage disposal-related issues in the city, the Kochi Corporation is mooting the idea of setting up such a facility at Brahmapuram. It will be designed to treat plastic waste to generate crude oil.

A team consisting of the Mayors of Kochi, Kollam and Thrissur Corporations recently visited the solid waste treatment plant at the Pimpri-Chinchwad twin towns in Pune.

New options for processing degradable and plastic waste are being considered for Kochi.

The civic administrators of Kochi, who are touring Pune and Delhi for familiarising themselves with the innovative techniques of management of municipal solid waste, have extended invitations to two groups to demonstrate their methods in the city. A company operating a plant capable of producing fuel from plastic and another one which owns the technology for converting biodegradable waste into manure in 10 days have been invited to Kochi.