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Consultant to assist in restoring dumps

CHANGE in the air: Mountains of garbage have taken over large tracts of marshland in Perungudi.

CHANGE in the air: Mountains of garbage have taken over large tracts of marshland in Perungudi.   | Photo Credit: — File photo

Kannal Achuthan

Chennai: The Chennai Corporation will appoint a consultant to evaluate the restoration of several acres of land now being used as garbage dump sites in Kodungaiyur and Perungudi.

The consultant will also assist the civic body in identifying a private developer to restore the land.

According to Corporation records, the integrated solid waste processing facility proposed at Perungudi would take up 30 acres. This land has to be restored by Hydroair Tectonics, the private firm selected to set up the waste processing facility. Another 170 acres of the dumpsite would have to be restored by the Corporation and this area would be studied by the consultant to be appointed in about two months.

Similarly, the integrated solid waste processing facility in Kodungaiyur will take up 100 acres and it would have to be restored by the facility’s private project developer. Restoring the remaining portion of the dumpsite would be the Corporation’s responsibility and the consultant would study this area.

Residents of Kodungaiyur in the north of the city and Perungudi in the south have been agitating against the indiscriminate dumping of about 3,300 tonnes of garbage every day. They allege that the civic body has steadily expanded the dumping area far beyond the allocated site, creating health and ecological safety hazards.

The Madras High Court had appointed a committee to study the restoration of the Pallikaranai marsh in Perungudi.

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