TAMIL NADU

Neat town panchyats show way for local bodies

Spic and span: Sanitary workers of Sholavandan town panchayat at the bio-compost yard.

Spic and span: Sanitary workers of Sholavandan town panchayat at the bio-compost yard.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: K. Ganesan.

S. Sundar

In keeping streets and roads free from garbage and in effective solid waste management

MADURAI: Town panchayats in the district show the way for other local bodies in keeping streets and roads free of garbage and in effective solid waste management.

This is in sharp contrast to the dump yards of many other urban local bodies.

Mounds of garbage are not seen dumped on the roadsides.

Also absent are thick smoke; dogs and pigs that feed on them.

Besides the residential areas, garbage dump yards too, as seen at Vadipatti and Sholavandan town panchayats, sport a clean and tidy look.

The dump yards are well secured with tall compound walls with gates.

They resemble the neatness of children’s parks elsewhere.

At Sholavandan town panchayat, a well-laid earthen road leads one into the yard that houses two sheds.

The one with tin roof has a bio-manure compost unit and the thatched one a vermi-compost unit.

Over a score of coconut saplings planted along the compound wall of the 67-cent ground give an aesthetic look.

White-washed bricks are neatly arranged to demarcate the road from the red-soil road as well as the black-soil ground.

The far end of the yard has an asbestos-roofed shed where the basic work of segregation takes place. Big graffiti in Tamil on the wall has divided the shed creating exclusive space for dumping the wastes worth a recycle, for keeping the bio-manure, solid waste, meat waste and plastic waste.

“We have spent Rs. 6 lakh on this yard,” said its Executive Officer, G. Umakanth.

The workers at vermi-compost yard at Vadipatti have turned the unutilised space of the ground into a small garden.

Few rose plants, different varieties of greens, tomato plants and plantains provide a relief.

Most importantly, none of the yards emanates foul odour.

Sanitary workers too sport a new look in uniform with gloves.

“We have appointed a few sanitary workers in all the local bodies exclusively to take care of the yard work alone,” said the Assistant Director (Town Panchayats), M. Jegannathan.

The official has proposed two plastic recycle units, one each at Vadipatti and T. Kallupatti, to make use of the plastic wastes generated from all the 12 town panchayats.

“Self-help groups have been identified and their members given training. They will produce electrical pipes, bends and junction boxes,” he added.

Sholavandan town panchayat is earning around Rs. 2,500 a month by selling the manure at a cheaper rate to farmers and nurseries.

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