“A solid source of income for local bodies”

INCOME EARNER: Villupuram Collector R.Palanisamy inspecting the plastic recycling unit at Kottakuppam on Wednesday.

INCOME EARNER: Villupuram Collector R.Palanisamy inspecting the plastic recycling unit at Kottakuppam on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy

Special Correspondent

Solid waste management system turning a money-spinner in Villupuram

VILLUPURAM: Solid waste management system put in place in 14 out of 15 town panchayats in Villupuram district is functioning well and generating revenue to the local bodies, said Collector R. Palanisamy.

Mr. Palanisamy and assistant director of town panchayats P. Thiruvengadam visited certain town panchayats to inspect the implementation of Anaithu Peruratchi Anna Marumalarchi Thittam (APAMT).

Under the solid waste management system, garbage was being segregated into biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste. From the biodegradable waste, fertilizers and feed for vermicompost were being produced.

Hence, the system had enabled the town panchayats to generate revenue from garbage and easy disposal of rubbish.

At Kottakuppam, a recycling plant for processing used plastic had been set up. The Collector said that one more unit would soon come up at Ulundurpet.

He proposed to start plastic recycling plants in all other town panchayats.

Through these plants, the town panchayats could produce plastic articles and market them to augment their revenue.

Mr. Palanisamy said that under the APAMT, the State government had allotted Rs. 50 lakh for improving basic amenities.

During 2007-08, three town panchayats of Marakkanam, Kottakuppam and Thiruvennainallur were selected under the scheme and works worth Rs. 20.76 crore implemented.

A children’s park had been set up on East Coast Road at Kottakuppam to promote tourism.

Mr. Palanisamy directed officials to provide illumination at the park. Expenditure on these projects was met using funds provided under the APAMT and by various departments, he said.

Four town panchayats of Ananthapuram, Manalurpettai, Chinna Salem and Valavanur had been taken up under the scheme for the current financial year (2008-09).

A total of 337 works were being executed at the cost of Rs. 10.81 crore here. While a majority of works were completed, others were nearing completion, Mr. Palanisamy said.

The allocation for these local bodies was as follows: Ananthapuram – Rs. 53.60 lakh (under the APAMT) and Rs. 2.59 crore (from other departments); Manalurpettai – Rs. 57.50 lakh and Rs. 32.09 lakh; Chinna Salem – Rs. 67.15 lakh and Rs. 2.55 crore and Valavanur – Rs. 59.90 lakh and Rs. 2.33 crore.

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