The Kochi Corporation will soon decide on the locations where surveillance cameras will be installed to spot illegal waste dumps.
The project will be implemented in Build-Operate-Transfer (BOP) mode, where the contracting company will install cameras at its own expense. It will be allowed to display advertisements on the poles on which the cameras will be mounted. The civic body hopes to implement the project without spending money out of pocket, said TK Ashraf, chairman of the standing committee on health, Kochi Corporation.
The plan is to set up at least 140 cameras initially. The proposal will be finalized at a meeting of the Standing Committee on Health and later at the meeting of the works council.
The cameras of the civic body will be added to the surveillance cameras of the municipal police.
Mayor Anilkumar previously announced a plan to streamline waste management and end the practice of dumping garbage in canals. The illegal dumping of waste into the canals has caused environmental hazards, in addition to blocking the free flow of flood water, city officials said.
There are a few places in the city where residents have refused to pay a fee for garbage collection. As a result, the waste generated in these areas is dumped on the road, thwarting the company’s efforts to keep the city clean, Ashraf said.
Surveillance will be stepped up at the city borders, as people from neighboring local communities will bring garbage into the city. Such tendencies should be discouraged. At present, the Kochi Corporation treats the waste generated in the neighboring local communities of Thrikkakara, Kalamassery, Cheranalloore, Thripunithura, Maradu, Kumbalanghi and Eloor, he added.
Meanwhile, the civic body had informed the Kerala High Court of its decision to install cameras the other day. He also told the court that business squads were monitoring city streets overnight to spot offenders.