New move irks residents of Vellalore

A new initiative from the Coimbatore Corporation, it appears, has upset the residents of Vellalore and neighbouring areas. The residents will be forced to open an another front in their battle with the Corporation if the civic body continues dumping poultry waste in the manner it has, says K.S. Mohan, member, Vellalore Residents Association.

Pointing to a half-closed pit at the Vellalore dump yard, he says that for the past few days, the Corporation had been dumping poultry waste in the pit. Until Friday evening, the pit was open. On Saturday morning, however, the Corporation had partially covered the pit.

The officials, however, had a different story to narrate. The decision to bury the poultry waste was the latest. It was part of the efforts to collect the poultry, meat, fish and other such waste at the door steps of shops selling those so as to prevent the wastes from being dumped along with the other waste, said G. Latha, Commissioner.

Engineer in-charge of solid waste management K. Saravanakumar said that the civic body in the past few days was collecting poultry, meat, fish and other waste directly from the shops. It had worked to four tonnes a day.

Under instructions from the Commissioner a vehicle each has been allotted for the five zones, which would be used in waste collection around noon everyday. The waste collected would be taken directly to the Vellalore dump yard, where it would be buried in the ground after having a sprinkling of ‘EM’ (effective micro organism) solution. It was like burying the dead and would not cause any harm, Mr. Saravanakumar said and added that it would not cause groundwater pollution, either.

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