The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has given its consent for the Chennai Corporation proposal to set up an integrated solid waste management facility in the Perungudi dump yard.
Sources in TNPCB said the approval for the facility was granted after due deliberation. Confirming the clearance from the Board, Mayor M. Subramanian said work on the facility would be launched within a fortnight.
“We have already issued the work order to a private firm to process 1,400 tonnes of garbage that the yard receives daily. It would be processed every day so that by evening there would be no garbage left. For the existing garbage, the tenders are being scrutinised,” he said.
The company, Hydro Air Techtronics Pvt. Ltd., would set up the facility to make compost, recycle plastics, to make refuse derived fuel pellets and eco bricks, on 30 acres of the 125 acre dumping yard. The company would pay Rs.77 lakh royalty per annum to the Corporation.
Refuse derived fuel pellets would be made from the glass pieces, card board boxes and other such waste material. The eco bricks could be used for various purposes including laying of pavements and in construction of medians.
Mr. Subramanian said that the aim of the civic body was to restore the yard and the remaining 95 acres would be developed into a park. The civic body has a similar proposal for the Kodungaiyur garbage dumping yard.