New pushcarts for Salem Corporation

Salem Corporation has purchased new push carts for its solid waste management programme.

Salem Corporation has purchased new push carts for its solid waste management programme.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: P. Goutham

Staff Reporter

SALEM: The Salem Corporation has purchased 50 new pushcarts for its Solid Waste Management Programme (SWMP) at a cost of Rs. 2.25 lakh under the Namaku Name Thittam.

The civic body received one third of the amount from Thiagarajan Trust and the remaining from the district administration under the scheme to purchase the pushcarts. Out of 50 pushcarts, 25 had been delivered to the civic body on Wednesday.

The remaining would be delivered shortly. The new pushcarts were designed to segregate the waste at source. Mayor J. Rekha Priyadarshini handed over them to the health personnel. Officials said that the Corporation needed more pushcarts for the effective implementation of the SWMP in the city.

The workers are currently facing difficulties in carrying out garbage collection as the civic body lacks adequate number of pushcarts. As a result, the door-to-door collection of waste has not been implemented in several parts of 39 wards, where the Corporation carries out sanitary works with its personnel.

The civic body has just four to seven pushcarts in a ward. Residents are forced to dump the waste on the streets and vacant places. Mounts of garbage remain uncleared for weeks together in several parts in these wards, posing serious threat to human health.

The Corporation had prepared a proposal to purchase over 400 pushcarts a few years ago. The proposal gathers dust in the Corporation office. When asked, Corporation Commissioner M. Jayaraman said that the civic body would purchase about 200 pushcarts shortly.

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