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Focus on nature: The Chairman, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, N. Sundaradevan (second left) at the inauguration of a workshop on Solid Waste Management in Udhagamandalam on Wednesday. —
Focus on nature: The Chairman, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, N. Sundaradevan (second left) at the inauguration of a workshop on Solid Waste Management in Udhagamandalam on Wednesday. —

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Dump yard at Theetukkal to be handed over to municipality

Udhagamandalam: The need to evolve ways to check generation of waste was underscored by the Chairman, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, N. Sundaradevan, here on Wednesday.

Inaugurating a workshop on Solid Waste Management in Municipalities organised by the district and civic administrations, he said that most of the waste-related problems were avoidable. If industries which aggravate the situation on the pollution front find ways to prevent generation of waste, the need for treatment plants will not arise.

Stating that the need of the hour was involvement of the people in general and students in particular in keeping waste generation under control, he said that while about 50 per cent of the biodegradable waste can be reused, many which fall under the non-biodegradable category can be recycled.

Concept

The Exnora concept of waste management, which has gained acceptance in many places, should be adopted here. If concerted and sincere efforts were made, places like Ooty and Coonoor could be restored to what they were a few decades ago.

The Nilgiris Collector, Santosh K. Misra, who presided said that in an ecologically fragile place like the Nilgiris, waste management assumed considerable significance. About 38 tonnes of garbage was generated daily in Ooty alone. While waste management was not a source of concern in the rural parts of the Nilgiris, it posed a major challenge in Ooty.

Experiment

A commendable experiment in producing vermicompost had been done at Kandhal near here. The dump yard at Theetukkal which now belonged to the Forest Department was likely to be handed over to the municipality soon. It will help in putting in place an effective waste management plan.

The Udhagamandalam Municipal Chairman, R. Rajendran, said that waste management programmes and awareness campaigns should go hand in hand.

The Chairman, Coonoor Municipal Council, M. Ramasamy, said that it was proposed to hand over the job of segregating garbage at source in Coonoor to a private agency. It would convert the waste into vermicompost.

The Founder, Exnora International, M.B. Nirmal, spoke on ‘zero garbage’ while the head, Horticulture Research Station, N. Selvaraj, dwelt on the role of self-help groups in solid waste management.

The District Environment Engineer, Rajashekar, and the Chief Educational Officer, S.R. Sivagnanam, also spoke. The Municipal Commissioner, Ooty, Seeni Ajmal Khan, welcomed the gathering.

The Municipal Commissioner, Coonoor, Pappa Mayazhagu, proposed a vote of thanks.

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