Civic body plans bio-mining to reclaim Chekkadi dump

Multipurpose centres to be set up at health zones

A solution may be at last in sight to the recurring fires at the garbage dump maintained by Thanjavur Corporation at Chekkadi.

The civic body has planned to implement a bio-mining project to process and dispose the accumulated waste at the dump. Also in the pipeline is a decentralised solid waste management programme.

The ₹15.43-crore project to clear the garbage in about 80% of the 21-acre compost yard through bio-mining is expected to be completed in about two years.

The Corporation has also embarked upon an ambitious initiative to set up multipurpose centres at 14 health zones in the town at an outlay of ₹10.50 crore under the Smart City Project. This is expected to bring down the quantum of non-biodegradable waste dumped at Chekkadi.

According to official sources, nearly 105 to 115 metric tonnes of garbage is generated in the town every day and transported to the compost yard. At present, the concept of segregation of waste at source has caught up in some wards only where residents hand over non-biodegradable waste to sanitary workers separately.

The proportion of use-and-throw plastic products in the daily output has come down drastically following implementation of a total ban of such products from January 1.

The Corporation has planned to set up bio-manure manufacturing yards at the multipurpose centres where the office of the sanitary inspector, rest rooms for sanitary workers and birth and death registration sections are also to be set up.

Further, the non-biodegradable wastes will be segregated as recyclable and non-recyclable wastes at the multi-purpose centres. The recyclable wastes will be disposed off through local scrap/waste product dealers and the sales proceed will be distributed to sanitary workers as incentives.

The non-recyclable wastes will be transported to a private cement manufacturing unit at Ariyalur to be used as fuel. The Corporation has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the company for this purpose. Hence, non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste can be disposed off safely, the sources added.

Welcoming the proposed solid waste management measures to be implemented by the Corporation, residents of Rajarajan Nagar and other residential colonies in and around Chekkadi say the civic body must execute the proposals quickly to check air pollution and help them come out of the nauseating environment.

For the last two days, a foul odour has been emanating from the compost yard. On Sunday morning, the garbage caught fire and began to burn. Smoke continued to emanate from the yard on Monday although the flames were put off by fire services personnel on Sunday.

“Thank god, the civic body has given up its earlier plan to bury the garbage in huge pits. We opposed the measure, as it would spoil the ground water table in the area. Now that the civic body has come forward to adopt new methods to dispose off the garbage in an environment friendly manner, it has given us hope,” the residents said.

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