Intercarting of mounds of waste currently located near the entrance of the Perungudi dumping yard will begin shortly. The Chennai Corporation will hire heavy vehicles for one month to remove the waste near the weigh bridge of the dumping yard to the extreme end, near the Pallikaranai Marsh.
Officials said the intercarting will not affect the existing area of the eco-sensitive marshland. The process is expected to bring some relief to residents near the entrance of the dumping yard.
The unplanned dumping of waste in Perungudi and Kodungaiyur dumping yards has caused problems such as fire, smoke and pollution. Residents of the localities nearby staged many protests seeking to draw attention to the fires and pollution in the dumping yard.
The work to extend the existing dumping area in Kodungaiyur is almost over. The civic body has constructed temporary roads so that garbage can be dumped in the interior of the dumping yard. The new dumping area in Kodungaiyur will be at least 1.5 km away from the major residential localities.
The Chennai Corporation has also commissioned surveillance facility in Perungudi dumping yard by installation of CCTV to monitor the movement of people inside the 200-acre area. Most of Pallikaranai marsh has been handed over to the Forest Department and the Corporation has intensified its focus on constructing a wall around the Perungudi dumping yard. The civic body generates over 4,900 tonnes of municipal solid waste daily.