TAMIL NADU

Rs.2.72 crore to improve solid waste compost yard

Karur municipality’s civic refuse dumping site euphemistically dubbed the solid waste compost yard on the Vangal Road here is all set to undergo improvements at a cost of Rs.2.72 crore under the solid waste management schedule of Integrated Urban Development Mission.

The Vangal Road compost yard is spread over 21 acres divided into three zones of seven acres each. Now the municipality has planned to carry out development works at two of the three zones at the yard where all town’s civic waste is dumped every day.

Mounds of waste and refuse rise above the horizon at the compost yard and the smoke billowing out due to the burning of waste coupled with the gut wrenching stench strikes a sour note to any passer by.

With more civic bodies turning to prudent waste management techniques burning the waste at an open yard has always been called into question by waste managers, especially in Karur where at least 95 tonne waste is generated every day.

In tune with the concerns expressed by citizens the State government has directed the Karur Municipality to take up development works at the Vangal Road compost yard. Administrative sanction has been accorded and all works are set to commence shortly, according to municipality sources.

While the yard is to get a compound wall with gate arrangement in two places at an estimated cost of Rs.50 lakh, provision for construction of two windrows with drain for a dimension of 30 metre by 90 metre each would cost the civic body another Rs.50 lakh. Provision of windrows segregation for a dimension of 30 metres by 50 metres would cost the exchequer another Rs.50 lakh.

That apart providing BT surface for around a kilometre length of road within the yard site would cost Rs.24 lakh while Rs.22 lakh would be spent on establishing a weigh bridge with 20 tonne capacity. The plan includes construction of a store room facility at a cost of Rs.30 lakh, two over head tanks for a total cost of Rs.17.50 lakh, providing water supply and electrification arrangement at Rs.16 lakh among other things, the sources told The Hindu here.

Construction of two toilet blocks would cost Rs.5lakh while an office room would be constructed for Rs.5.25 lakh at the compost yard. Two watchman’s sheds are also planned at a cost of Rs.2.50 lakh.

When all the development works were completed, segregation of degradable and non-degradable waste would become easier for the staff to complement source segregation efforts already under way. That would pave the way for better handling and disposal of civic waste, sources observe.