Staff Reporter

Corporation in association with women’s groups and an NGO launches programme

TIRUPATI: On the occasion of ‘World Environment Day’, an awareness and action programme was organised by the Municipal Corporation of Tirupati, in association with women’s groups and the voluntary organisation PEN India, at the Thukivakam compost yard on the outskirts of the city on Friday.

Under the Eco-City project, source separation of garbage was taken up under the auspices of GTZ-ASEM and UNDP, while the same is being used for recycling.

Focus

The focus now shifts to converting more wet waste into vermin-compost and assist the farmers in rural areas to get quality manure by doing scientific waste management.

Municipal Engineer Raghu Kumar inaugurated the composting process in the sheds, while the women’s groups were involved in the process of spreading the message of recycling among the residents of the city.

Ambitious target

He announced an ambitious target of converting at least 30 tonnes of solid waste generated in the limits of the Tirupati Municipal Corporation this year to manure everyday in a span of three months.

A Rahim, chairman, PEN India explained the plan to take up sanitation, waste management, processing of coconut waste and saplings plantations involving general public under the SAKRMA concept.

Meanwhile, the management of Bhashyam High School distributed saplings to its students to plant them on the occasion of ‘World Environment Day’.