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New waste landfill to address Trichy’s solid waste issues

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The Times of India               30.05.2013

New waste landfill to address Trichy’s solid waste issues

TRICHY: The recent fire at the Ariyamangalam composite dump yard here has forced the authorities to come up with a viable solution to the issues plaguing the five-decade-old site. Now, a part of the sprawling 47-acre yard on the Trichy-Thanjavur road will have a scientifically developed waste landfill.

"This year's fire was indeed a blessing in disguise," Trichy Municipal Corporation (TMC) commissioner V P Dhandapani said referring to the plan to develop a landfill site. A day after the fire broke and smoke engulfed the nearby areas, the chief executive officer of a Bangalore-based private company, which will study and identify the landfill sites for seven cities in Tamil Nadu, including Trichy, visited Trichy. A bio-reactor would be set up on a war footing under the regional processing and landfill project of the Tamil Nadu government. "A 50x100m pit with a depth of five to seven meters would be made and this would be able to absorb eight months of solid waste at the rate of 200 MTs a day," said Dhandapani. Methane gas that will be generated out of the landfill could either be tapped scientifically or left to leave, depending upon the infrastructure.

Currently, a private company recycles around 100 MTs of solid waste at the Ariyamangalam site. TMC also plans to set up a plant of its own to process 500 MTs of waste. Trichy city, which is four km from the yard, generates around 350 MTs of solid waste, never had a solid waste management programme. TMC, which allowed the dumping of waste at the Ariyamangalam composite yard all these years, didn't foresee the problems that accumulated solid waste a growing city can pose. "Every summer, fire would break out without fail at the dump yard, and fire tenders would be summoned to put them out," said a long-serving TMC official who refused to be named. Ironically, burning piles of trash was TMC's own idea of doing away them, thus posing environmental and health hazards.

But a question remained as to what do with the existing huge pile of garbage that has accumulated at the Ariyamangalam yard? "The entire waste would now be vertically brought within 20 acres for "scientific bio-capping." Care must be taken so that rain water does not seep in, and surveillance at the site will be implemented for avoiding 'man-made causes of fire," Dhandapani said. To process the current quantity of waste generated in Trichy daily, seven acres is enough. So, the civic body will have extra land for other purposes.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 May 2013 12:00

Chennai corporation to relay interior roads in Teynampet and Royapuram using cement concrete

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The Times of India               13.05.2013

Chennai corporation to relay interior roads in Teynampet and Royapuram using cement concrete

CHENNAI: Large parts of Teynampet and Royapuram are all set to get cement concrete roads. The Chennai Corporation has floated tenders to lay 44 cement concrete roads at a cost of Rs 4.5 crore.

Most of the streets identified for this big budget project are interior roads that are not likely to see much of heavy vehicle traffic. Cement Concrete roads are at least ten times more expensive that bituminous concrete roads, but are known to last at least 20 years.

Bituminous roads in the city develop potholes and cracks within a year due to lack of adequate drainage system.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 04:26

Housing Board’s 443 crore-worth lands encroached

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The New Indian Express                11.05.2013

Housing Board’s 443 crore-worth lands encroached

A total of 391.76 acres of Tamil Nadu Housing Board land worth Rs 442.99 crore has been encroached upon and needs to be cleared, according to the audit report on the annual accounts of the Tamil Nadu Housing Board.

The report, which was tabled in the Assembly on Friday, said the highest value of land encroachments happened in Anna Nagar (Rs 178 crore), Besant Nagar (Rs 177.28 crore) and Mogappair (Rs 47.63 crore) in Chennai and in Coimbatore (Rs17.06 crore).

As per area, KK Nagar in Chennai tops the list with 229.60 acres of TNHB land being occupied by squatters followed by 82.64 acres of land in Coimbatore. Interestingly, the report also pointed out that 3,535 acres of land was acquired by TNHB but were not utilised. A great measure of these lands were in Anna Nagar, Besant Nagar, K K Nagar and Mogappair.

Surprisingly, the report also stated that a total of 3,528.79 acres of land was acquired but were yet to be handed over to Tamil Nadu Housing Board legally by the Revenue Department even though the awards were passed and payments were made. Meanwhile, the Housing Board was yet to be reimbursed Rs 11.37 crore that it spent for land acquisition after the acquisition was quashed by the court.

The report stated that a total of 4,975 housing units worth `334.06 crore remained unsold. These included 228 flats, 589 houses and 4,158 plots. The report also said commercial plots worth Rs 1,091 crore remained unsold. These included shops, schools, commercial plots and plots for public purposes. The report also highlighted irregularities in the consolidated report sent by the division and the Board’s annual accounts.

“As per consolidated reports sent by division, the value of unsold stock amounts to Rs 1,425 crore while Schedule 29 of the Board’s annual accounts lists the value of unsold stocks as Rs 189.11 crore,” it pointed out.


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