The system will solve problems associated with large transfer stations

The Chennai Corporation will introduce a new system of garbage collection which would put an end to the problems associated with large garbage transfer stations inside the city.

Speaking at the launch of road re-laying work, in T.Nagar on Wednesday, Mayor Saidai S.Duraisamy said the problems faced by the residents on account of the seven garbage transfer stations in the city would be solved.

In the new system, the garbage would be transported to the dumpyards in Perungudi and Kodungaiyur on the same day of collection. This would reduce the possibility of growth or spread of disease causing bacteria or pests in the localities around the garbage stations, many of which are congested.

Conservancy workers would arrive at doorstep at a scheduled time after 6.30 a.m. daily. The waste would be taken in tricycles or other compact vehicles to a specially designed enclosure in each of the 200 wards in the city. Around 2,000 points in the city would have such enclosures which would be designed in such a way that waste collected would not be visible for the residents. By 10.30 a.m. the vehicles would arrive at the enclosures and transport the content to landfill sites in Perungudi or Kodungaiyur.

Apart from the garbage stations, there would also not be any street bins.

Calculations are under way to make the number of direct trips to the dumpyards optimum according to the new proposal. The entire system would be designed to have lesser impact on traffic in the city by finalisation of routes for garbage transportation.

The pilot project would begin in ward 141 in T.Nagar shortly. If the project is successful, the seven transfer stations in Otteri, Nungambakkam, Pudupet, Saidapet, Mylapore and Basin Bridge would not be needed. Earlier, the civic body had plans of commissioning a garbage transfer station in each of the 15 zones.

At present, the civic body takes the garbage to the transfer stations where the waste is stored for over 24 hours before being transported to dumpyards.

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