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Efforts to keep Cumbum municipal area clean

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Staff Reporter

A sum of Rs.20 lakh has been invested for this purpose

CUMBUM: For the first time, the Cumbum municipality is taking major efforts to keep the town clean and tidy. From door-to-door collection to safe disposal of garbage, the municipality has employed modern mechanism and invested Rs.20 lakh for this purpose.

With a total population of 64,742 and over 15,000 houses, the municipality has been generating 19 tonnes of wastes per day, including vegetable waste from farmers’ market.

Sufficient twin bin carts have been purchased for door-to-door collection of bio-degradable and bio non-degradable waste separately.

Sanitary workers would knock the doors of each house within the municipal limit to collect garbage every day. Such measure would not only prevent dumping of waste in street corners but also ensure segregation of waste at source.

Besides, 20 large garbage bins were also installed at prime places in the municipality for secondary level collection. All these wastes would be transported to compost yard by a dumper vehicle.

The municipality has already set up a compost yard on four acres on Cumbum-Goodalur Road on the outskirts of municipality to manufacture organic manure. A processing yard spreading over 3,200 square metre is also ready to convert bio-degradable waste into manure. The municipality would man the yard and sufficient workers have been deputed to maintain it.

The yard would commence processing work from August 1. After 45 days of pre-curing, the municipality can sell the manure to farmers in large scale, said D. Sadhu Sunder Singh, Cumbum Municipal Commissioner. This system would be operated on all the 185 streets in 33 wards immediately.

“Already, we appealed to residents not to throw waste on the street. Officials would visit the wards frequently to check the condition of streets.

If they fail to cooperate with the municipality, we will impose a fine to keep the municipality a litter free zone,” he added.

The municipality would face no difficulty in marketing finished product as demand for organic manure has been growing everyday. This system would be emulated in other municipalities also.

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