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Taking a pledge to keep Coimbatore city clean

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SHOWING RESOLVE: Mayor R. Venkatachalam (second left) leads a pledge by councillors and residents of Ward 3 in Coimbatore recently to keep the city clean by segregating waste at source. —
SHOWING RESOLVE: Mayor R. Venkatachalam (second left) leads a pledge by councillors and residents of Ward 3 in Coimbatore recently to keep the city clean by segregating waste at source. —

Special Correspondent

COIMBATORE: Residents, members of non-Governmental organisations and elected representatives of the Coimbatore Corporation took a pledge at Ward 3 here recently to take the civic body’s solid waste management programme forward, so that the city remained clean.

The pledge was part of a series of events being held by the Corporation to sensitise the public to the need for segregation of waste at source. Administered by Mayor R. Venkatachalam, the pledge contained guidelines for the residents on how to go about segregating waste generated kitchen and garden waste and other types of garbage generated every day.

Deputy Mayor N. Karthik, North Zone Chairman C. Padmanabhan, Health Committee Chairman P. Nachimuthu, Assistant City Health Officer R. Sumathi and Priscilla of Green Mother Trust were also took the pledge.

Officials in the civic body pointed out that the Corporation was already distributing/pasting stickers containing these guidelines.

Model wards

The public at Ward 3, one of the nine model wards chosen for a pilot project, were told that segregation at source was an effective method to reduce the burden on the Corporation in waste management. If people kept biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste in separate bins at home and handed these over to the conservancy workers, the Corporation could handle tougher tasks such as turning waste into manure and disposal through landfills.

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