Kancheepuram Collector Santhosh K. Misra on Wednesday said no solid waste management project could succeed without the cooperation of residents and civic groups.
Speaking to reporters at Okkiyam Thoraipakkam village panchayat, he said there were only very few instances of cooperation from residents, like in Mudichur and Pammal, where kitchen waste was being converted into organic manure through composting.
Mr. Misra interacted with residents and also spoke to chiefs of village panchayats of St. Thomas Mount Panchayat Union on the importance of following “sound policies of solid waste management practices.”
He regretted that even in financially sound urban local bodies, families were hesitant to pay meagre sums as monthly charges to non-governmental organisations, private agencies or their respective local bodies for door-to-door collection of kitchen and non-degradable waste. He pointed out that solid waste management projects in Pammal and Mudichur were successful only because of an active cooperation of the stakeholders, including its residents.
A proposal has been sent to the Commissioner of Rural Development, seeking extension of financial assistance to panchayats along East Coast Road for hiring vehicles, manpower and other basic infrastructure to ensure that garbage was properly collected and disposed of.
The Collector said the district administration was also experimenting with novel projects such as the Rs.19.2 lakh Decentralised Rapid Composting Facility in Chitlapakkam Town Panchayat. He added that a solid waste management helpline had been set up in Kancheepuram. Residents living in Kancheepuram Revenue District could call the helpline — 88708 03555 — with complaints and grievances.