Infrastructure

Dumping yards to get green cover

The work will be done on 50, 000 sq. m of land affected by dumping — Photo: V. Ganesan

The work will be done on 50, 000 sq. m of land affected by dumping — Photo: V. Ganesan   | Photo Credit: V_GANESAN

Landscapes in dumpsites near dense urban settlements will no longer be an eyesore, if you take the Chennai Corporation at its word.

The civic body has committed to improving greenery and developing the landscape of dumpsites near densely-populated urban areas. Work on development of greenery on 50,000 sq. m. area of land affected by indiscriminate dumping of municipal solid waste in a portion of Perungudi dumpyard will start shortly. Tenders for the project were floated this week.

Some aspects of the model adopted by Adyar Poonga for restoration of Adyar Creek will be used by the Chennai Corporation for the project.

“A portion of land on the Pallavaram-Thoraipakkam Radial Road has been identified. A number of software companies are located in the area. We will create a soil bed on top of the existing waste and plant indigenous species,” said an official of Chennai Corporation.

Based on a study of the site after completion of the project, more dumpsites will be landscaped with greenery.

A number of residents’ associations and software companies have been requesting the civic body to prevent the development of eyesores in areas around Pallikaranai marshland. As the PPP project for remediation and closure is expected to cost huge sums of money, the civic body is yet to make a decision on any of the three private companies that had expressed interest in the project.

Chennai Corporation owns around 300 acres of Pallikaranai marshland on the northern portion of the Pallavaram-Thoraipakkam Radial Road.

The civic body has handed over 445 acres of the marshland on the southern side of the radial road to the forest department for eco-restoration.

Over 200 acres of the Pallikaranai marsh is being used for dumping of waste.

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