Wastes at Vellalore to be removed

A view of Vellalore dump yard in Coimbatore.M. PeriasamyM_PERIASAMY  

There’s nearly 15.50 lakh cubic meters of wastes at the Vellalore dump yard in Coimbatore and work has already begun to remove about 6.10 lakh cubic meters, the Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation has submitted before the southern bench of the National Green Tribunal.

The bench had earlier asked for a report on waste management by the corporation, including details of the action taken for the scientific closure of wastes accumulated over a period of time.

Coimbatore Corporation Commissioner submitted that the firm concerned had been directed to undertake the scientific closure of the waste.

“As on date, the firm has shifted 1,27,926.04 cubic metres of wastes to a landfill. The remaining 4,82,098.56 cubic metres will be completely shifted to the landfill by the end of December 2017,” the report said.

The corporation would endeavour to complete the scientific closure within a period of six months from the date of issuance of the work order to an agency that is to be selected, for which the tendering process would be completed by December 2017.

The report said that there were hazardous wastes present in the existing dumps. A technical expert committee will be constituted to address ways to handle hazardous wastes. The suggestions and technical advice of the committee will be strictly adhered to, the report said.

The Swiss Development Corporation has selected the Coimbatore Corporation to be a part of the CapaCITIES project.

“As part of this project, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, South Asia, along with their partners Econcept and South Pole Group will develop a climate change action plan for Coimbatore city,” the report said.