Solid waste management and sewage treatment to be the focus

Tiruchi Corporation will soon forward a policy note to the government outlining some of the major civic infrastructure projects that it intends to take up in the near future and seek financial assistance for executing the same.

Establishment of an integrated bus stand, extension of underground sewage system to omitted areas, construction of a commercial complex at Yanaikulam grounds, eradication of open defecation through construction of modern toilets, and creation of a sewage treatment plant are among the major initiatives to be included in the policy note, Mayor A.Jaya said at a consultative meeting with corporation officials on the preparation of the policy note on Thursday.

The meeting was attended by Corporation Commissioner V.P.Thandapani, Corporation zonal chairpersons and senior engineers.

The Mayor highlighted the need to improve civic infrastructure in the city to cater to the residents and the large number of tourists.

Apart from effective utilisation of its own revenue, the corporation was seeking government funding to develop Tiruchi as a model city, she affirmed.

Sources in the corporation said solid waste management and sewage treatment would be the focus in the policy note. The civic body was planning to invest over Rs.3 crore for acquiring necessary equipment to strengthen primary collection of solid wastes.

A modern sewage treatment plant is also planned on the lines of those functioning in Pune and Navi Mumbai. Currently, the sewage generated from the city is treated naturally through the existing facility spread over 550 acres at Panchapur on the outskirts.

Extension of the underground sewage facility to all the omitted parts of the city would entail an investment of about Rs.1, 000 crore.

As part of improving its drainage network, the corporation also plans to build concrete retaining walls to prevent overflow and flooding from some of the major drainage canals such as the Nattu Vaical, Selva Nagar Vaical, Rettai Vaical, and the Thotti Vaical.

The civic body also plans to improve sanitation at its 74 schools through better toilet facilities.

Renewing its efforts at generating power from municipal wastes, the civic body is planning to go in for a pilot project under the build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) model to install a bio-digester with a capacity to handle about five tonnes of vegetable and fruit wastes.

The civic body would seek a grant from the government for the construction of a four-storey commercial complex at Yanaikulam.

Though the corporation is yet to identify the site for an integrated bus stand, the project would find a mention in the policy note.