Households Dumping Liquid Waste to Karamana River Will Face Penalty!

The house owners have been directed to make soak pits on the premises and prevent the outflow of liquid waste to the Karamana River or they will have to pay a fine of up to Rs 25,000.

As part of the campaign to clean Karamana River from urban pollution, Trivandrum Corporation has started invoking provisions under the Kerala Municipality Act pertaining to pollution of water bodies.

Corporation has issued the notice to many households coming under 7 health circles. These households were found to dump all kinds of liquid waste towards Karamana river. The civic body officials have slapped notices on households as per section 340 of the Kerala Municipality Act.

“During our preliminary inspection, we noted that many of the old households had their pipes connected to stormwater drain leading up to Karamana River. They have been asked to block the flow and will have to process liquid waste themselves,” said corporation health officer A Sasikumar.

The house owners have been directed to make soak pits on the premises and prevent the outflow of liquid waste to the Karamana River. The owners will get 15 days to create the soak pits, failing which they shall have to pay a fine of up to Rs 25,000.

A recent study shows that Karamana river was highly polluted owing to various reasons. The study showed higher index for total coliforms and faecal coliform. In all seasons E.coli was present in all analysed samples.  The analysis of the water samples from Karamana River indicated that it is susceptible to pollution due to inputs of domestic sewage.

Pollution control board has said that soil has many natural properties like degradation, sedimentation and filtration and once soak pit is connected to a septic tank, the water flow will be towards the soil instead of water resources.

In areas where space constraint has been reported, the corporation will take up the task of constructing sand filtration plant in available areas. Water from households will be directed towards this plant for treatment.

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