Drones assess quantity of waste

Coimbatore Corporation has used them at Vellalore dump yard

Published - August 05, 2017 07:24 am IST - COIMBATORE

The Coimbatore Corporation has started assessing the quantity of waste dumped in Vellalore to begin scientific closure.

The Coimbatore Corporation has started assessing the quantity of waste dumped in Vellalore to begin scientific closure.

Coimbatore Corporation on Friday began assessing the quantity of waste dumped in the Vellalore yard to start the closure exercise.

The non-government agency engaged by the Corporation, CapaCITIES, used drones in Vellalore to quantify the waste. The exercise began in the morning and by evening, the agency had completed the aerial survey.

With the data, CapaCITIES, an organisation working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and coping with climate change, would prepare a detailed plan for the corporation to scientifically close the waste.

The civic body had been grappling with the waste accumulated over the years - the waste is mixed (wet degradable, dry recyclable and inert waste) and dumped because it is over the above the quantity of waste the waste processing contractor can handle.

Sources in the corporation said that the move was part of the efforts to improve waste management in Vellalore and address the issues flagged by the National Green Tribunal’s Southern Bench that had raised certain issues.

The corporation had a couple of months ago undertaken a similar waste mapping exercise, which had revealed that 15.50 lakh cubic metre of waste had been dumped. The current exercise was to confirm the quantity and suggest the method to be adopted to close the waste.

In the city, to improve the waste collection exercise, the corporation would build exclusive organic waste collection centres and dry waste resources centres - one each a zone. It had also planned to buy 600 push carts and a few hundred more bins to streamline collection.

In addition to the above, the corporation would also video record its collection and handling exercise, as suggested by Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board exercise.

Sources said that the corporation had decided to do so to document its efforts and present the same before the Tribunal, as it felt that it was lacking in the area.

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