TAMIL NADU

Tirupur Municipality to develop modern compost yard

M. Gunasekaran

Defence Ministry, TNPCB give nod to the proposal

TIRUPUR: As the rapidly growing knitwear town is all set to become the seventh Municipal Corporation of Tamil Nadu, the Tirupur Municipality is working towards creating a modern facility for its solid waste management programme.

The plant, according to Municipal Commissioner M. Ashokan, will fulfil the town’s vital need for a garbage dump. At present it struggles to identify abandoned quarries as all the quarries around the town have already been filled by the local body. Two abandoned quarries at Kavipalayam and opposite Shanthi Theatre, which the municipality uses at present, are fast getting filled.

The modern plant will come up at a 72-acre land belonging to the Tirupur Municipality at Chinnakalipalayam, in Iduvai village, 14 km from here. The Defence Ministry has issued a ‘no objection certificate (NOC)’ from security angle to the local body to construct the compost yard. However, it has laid down two conditions: fire crackers should be used as and when required to scare away birds and commencement and completion of the work should be intimated to authorities at the Air Force Station, Sulur, as the yard is near the station.

Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) has also issued an NOC with a slew of conditions, such as there should be no segregation of solid waste carried out at the site and the yard should be located at least 100 metres away from houses. The Board has also directed the local body to compost only biodegradable organic wastes and other inert and household hazardous wastes should be disposed through secured landfill.

TNPCB has also asked the municipality to keep adequate buffer zone all around the site and it should be used only to develop a green belt. Non-biodegradable waste such as plastics should be collected exclusively and it should be disposed to plastic recycling industry in consultation with the concerned district environmental engineer.

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