Staff Reporter

Composting centres to be set up in 14 areas

  • Total population 4 lakh and floating population 2 lakh
  • Garbage collection by municipality in 27 wards and by private agency in 25 wards

    CHENNAI: Residents of Ambattur can heave a sigh of relief as their perennial problem of garbage disposal could end soon. The municipality, which has been facing lack of dumping space, now plans a different approach - taking up source segregation of the waste in various places across the suburban local body.

    It plans to build concrete centres in 14 areas to segregate and compost the waste generated. The municipal council that met on Monday passed a resolution to allot Rs. 3.50 lakh towards each of these centres.

    An area of 600 sq.ft have been identified in places, including Oragadam, Padi, Mogappair and Menambedu to reduce garbage accumulation in the Athipattu dumping yard, which is running out of space.

    V.Chakrapani, municipal commissioner said that these source segregation centres would be made functional by mid-March. Sanitary inspectors of the municipality recently underwent training on composting waste.

    Moreover, measures are being taken to separate biodegradable waste in the 7.63 acre Athipattu dumping yard with equipment worth Rs. 2 lakh in a week. Space for composting the waste segregated was also being prepared in the dumping yard. This venture would also provide manure to farmers free of cost.

    The issue of using Sekkadu dumping yard shared with Avadi municipality would also see the light of day soon. It was decided to allot Rs.195 lakh towards improving infrastructure at 10.45 acre-Sekkadu dumping yard in a meeting among officials comprising Thiruvallur Collector and Ambattur municipal officials on Monday.

    The works to be taken up by February 15 include construction of a compound wall and interior roads. The dumping yard is expected to be functional in two months.

    Irregular garbage collection topped the civic woes list in the municipality for several years now.

    Residents said that if these measures were to be implemented soon, smooth functioning of waste disposal can be ensured.