Thiruanandapuram- [Trivandrum city] 1960

Every morning at correct  7 one could here the jingle of the bullock bells of municipal cart
people used to wonder who keeps the time?bullock or the cart man?
bullocks were  quiet intelligent ,because the man who collects refuse from road used to walk at the back of the cart ,while the bullocks stopped at each refuse dump automatically

 of course the sweeper used to come on time every day before 7 to clean the street
all this just disappeared with the arrival of politics of the left around 1960

the workers were told not to keep times
not to clean streets
not to attend work
not to listen to senior officers
not to show respect to anybody["as it was against the revolutionary spirit"]
 till it reached the now famous nookku coolie
or just stand and do nothing ;but take a cut of the money for self and party
thus parties who came to fight the rich["janmi ,moorachi"] became rich themselves
 yes they did some social uplifting of some of the  out casts and some of the  poor
in the  process closing many industries ,preventing new industries due to  worker militancy
same with agriculture
while , common man was forced to find jobs outside kerala
people of kerala were 'trained' to sit at home(voluntary house arrest) whenever party gave a "bandh"call
those who wanted to go even to hospitals had to convince party that is an emergency
those who opposed were killed
  parties who started with one rupee collection for party funds(1950) now own TV channels etc
that is the story of kerala from 1950 till now- in a few words


Nirmal carts to visit city houses to collect waste

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Mini mobile waste collection units called 'Nirmal carts' will be the latest introduction in civic body's waste management campaign 'My city beautiful city'. The corporation will roll out the first Nirmal cart at Nedumcadu next week. The carts are being introduced to revive the old waste collection mechanism that existed in the city until the closure of waste management unit at Vilappilsala.

At present, the residents are supposed to bring the waste directly to aerobic bins and Nirmal waste collection kiosks. With the introduction of Nirmal carts, corporation workers will conduct house visits every morning in a residential area. Waste will be measured and collected at a monthly rate of Rs 100. Plastic and e-waste will also be collected from households once in a week. Special days will be allotted for plastic and e-waste collection.

Sources said the facility will be extended to Karamana and Chalai wards in the next phase. If found successful, the scheme would be extended to other wards later.

A resource recovery centre will also be set up at Nedumcadu where waste transported by mobile carts will be collected. The biodegradable waste will be immediately transferred to aerobic bins set up in the ward. "Only segregated waste will be collected and residents will be issued warnings in this regard. The carts will be introduced simultaneously with the expansion of decentralized waste management units in each ward," said S Pushpalatha, chairperson, health standing committee. This will be the second RRC to be set up by the corporation. The first one had come up at Sreekanteswaram.

Clean Kerala Company, which has taken over e-waste collection has paid corporation Rs 5/ kg for 980 kg of e-waste that was collected last week. The corporation plans to make effective use of mobile carts so that monetary returns could be ensured from collection of e-waste and plastic waste. Mobile carts will also be used as a mode for promoting zero waste campaign.

"We provide each cart with a weighing scale so that we could assess the waste being handed over from each household on a monthly basis. We are working towards reducing the amount of waste being generated in each house and monthly assessment of waste generation will be presented to the residents so that they can reduce the quantity of waste being handed over to the workers," a corporation official said.

As part of spreading the Nirmal carts in other areas, the civic body has sought financial assistance of Rs 2.84 crore from state government for the installation of 46 biogas plants mostly in school compounds. "At least 10-12 houses could be covered with the help of these units coming up in schools," the official added.

Nirmal carts have been shaped out of abandoned push-carts which ran out of use with waste collection coming to a halt in the city. The carts were reassembled, painted and modified to be launched as Nirmal carts.