It will be the largest transfer station spread over four acres and is estimated to cost Rs. 4.5 crore

Having successfully tested the functioning of the modern garbage transfer station at Imlibun in the last couple of months for better efficiency and relatively odour free, the GHMC is proceeding with the construction of the second one at Kukatpally.

It will be the largest transfer station spread over four acres and is estimated to cost up to Rs.4.5 crore. The municipal corporation’s public, private partner (PPP) for the solid waste management project Ramky Enviro Engineers is taking up the construction work, GHMC Additional Commissioner (Health & Sanitation) L. Vandan Kumar has said.

Transit halts

Transfer stations are transit halts for the short haul garbage laden trucks to dump garbage collected from different parts before they are segregated and mounted onto long haul trucks to be taken to dumping site at Jawaharnagar. So far at the transfer stations the garbage is out in the open leading to littering, and subsequent protests in the neighbourhoods because of the stink.

Not much garbage compacting too was being done including at the other existing ones at Lower Tank Bund and Yousufguda. Now, all that is set to change with the Imlibun modern transfer station. Since most work is automated, there is not much littering either inside or within the vicinity and there is less of foul odour emanating. The work too is done faster, pointed out Mr. Kumar. Imlibun transfer station spread over 2,000 square yards came into focus before it was modernised when citizens living nearby and using the park had approached the High Court seeking a change of location.

While the Kukatpally transfer station is to be developed into a model station with the same kind of facilities albeit on a bigger scale, the Yousufguda transfer station modernisation is slated in an area of 1.2 acres and the Lower Tank Bund one over an area of two acres. Two other sites, one at Nagole and another at Kapra too have been identified as the suburbs do not have sufficient number of such stations.

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