Sewage treatment plant for houseboats


ALAPPUZHA

Tourism minister A P Anilkumar will inaugurate the first sewage treatment plant for houseboats in Kuttanadu on November 8.

With the opening of the sewage treatment plant, the pollution of Vembanad Lake can be prevented to an extent.District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) officials said that the state government has spent `64 lakh for setting up the plant. The land, 14 cents of it, for the plant was handed over by the Kerala Houseboat Owners Association free of cost at Kunnummel Village in H Block. The plant can treat 180,000 litres of waste.  The construction of the plant started in 2011 and its operation will be entrusted to a private agency, which would be selected by the DTPC. Procedures in this regard are on, officials said.

Around four houseboats can treat their waste in the plant in a day.  Each houseboat should process the waste generated once in three months, that is four times a year.  In order to get approvals from the Kerala State Pollution Control Board,  a certificate from the DTPC is a must. Each houseboat should pay `1,000 for getting the waste treated. 

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