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Corpn. plans to rebuild transit station

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The Hindu      26.08.2016  

Corpn. plans to rebuild transit station

The Sathyamangalam Road transit station that the Coimbatore Corporation is planning to rebuild.—Photo: S. Siva Saravanan
The Sathyamangalam Road transit station that the Coimbatore Corporation is planning to rebuild.—Photo: S. Siva Saravanan

More than a year after it partially demolished and closed the waste transit station on Sathyamangalam Road, Ganapathy, the Coimbatore Corporation is drawing rebuilding plans.

The Corporation had to do so to facilitate the construction of the Gandhipuram flyover. The cessation of operations there was in February 2015 when the transit station was handling around 150 tonnes waste a day.

Sources said that now the civic body was planning to reconstruct the transit station to resume waste management operations. The Ganapathy station served as the nodal point for waste the Coimbatore Corporation collected in a few wards in the North Zone and also Central Zone.

The workers at the transit station would compact those into compactors and then the contractor in-charge of the waste management in Vellalore would take it to the Vellalore yard.

But since the cessation of operations there, the Corporation was forced to divert some of the waste to Peelamedu and took the rest directly to Vellalore.

The sources said that this resulted in additional trips for the waste carrying lorries and increased fuel expenditure for the Corporation. The number of trips touched nearly 500.

If the transit station were to resume operation, the Corporation would save on lorry trips as the contractor would transport the waste from there to Vellalore. To resume the operation, the Corporation was working out a plant, where the plant could handle 250 tonnes in two shifts.

The contractor would soon engage planners and engineers who would study the available space to build a transit station there.

The sources said that the Corporation was also looking at building a new transit station in Ondipudur to handle waste from wards in East Zone. As per the agreement with the contractor, the Corporation was supposed to have built four transit stations but it built only three – Sathyamangalam Road (Ganapathy), Peelamedu and Ukkadam.

The Ondipudur project never took off reportedly due to protest from the residents there.

These were projects started with Central Government funds under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Remewal Mission.

Now with a sewage treatment plant functioning there, the Corporation proposed to built a new transit station there. In all possibility, the Corporation could execute the two projects together, the sources added.


Waste collection from apartments, gated communities picks up

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The Hindu      26.08.2016 

Waste collection from apartments, gated communities picks up

‘No Dumping’ members collecting waste in a segregated manner from an apartment at Sowripalayam in Coimbatore.—Photo: M. Periasamy
‘No Dumping’ members collecting waste in a segregated manner from an apartment at Sowripalayam in Coimbatore.—Photo: M. Periasamy

On Independence Day, the Coimbatore Corporation recognised the efforts of many a civil society organisations, including that of ‘No Dumping’ team.

The team, since January this year, has collected waste in a segregated fashion from gated communities and apartments, two wards, the Coimbatore airport and another places – 22, in all – and processed the waste.

Handing out the award, Corporation Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan said that team’s effort was commendable and that the civic body planned to expand the waste collection to 50 wards in the city.

C. Prasanth of the ‘No Dumping’ team says that in the past seven months, the team has collected 15,275 kg organic wet waste, 2,64,607 kg inorganic dry waste and 9,598 kg unhygienic waste like sanitary napkins.

The team sends the organic waste to bio-gasifier plants, farmers and the Corporation’s vermin compost plant and segregated and sold recyclable dry waste to vendors. It sells the non-recyclable dry waste to ACC Cement company as alternative fuel resource and sent the unhygienic waste to safe landfill in Vellalore.

He says that the team makes “some money” by selling the recyclable dry waste but the money is not enough to sustain the operations. It gets support from the ACC Cement company that support it as part of its corporate social responsibility operations.

In the apartments, though, the team collects segregated waste at their doorstep. Before starting the operation, the team talked to apartment associations, brought them on board and then created awareness among women, the maids and also housekeeping staff.

Resident B. Sabari Sabthami of Lambodara Orchid Elegance apartments on Kannabiran Mill Road says that the association has given two bins and a bag to all the residents, who segregate the waste into organic wet, inorganic dry and unhygienic waste. Initially, there were hiccups but now almost all residents are following the practices, she adds.

Now the team has reached out to colleges as well. On Wednesday, it kick-started the drive at the CMS College of Science and Commerce.


Garbage poses health hazard to residents

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The Hindu       21.07.2016 

Garbage poses health hazard to residents

Irregular clearance of it results in foul smell in localities

Irregular clearance of garbage in various parts of the district has been posing a serious health hazard for the past few months resulting in foul smell. The garbage is not being cleared daily and regularly but only on a weekly basis at several places, say the residents.

While Karaikal is a municipal town, the other major local bodies – Neravy, Nedungadu, Kottucherry, Tirunallar and T.R. Pattinam — are commune panchayats in the district.

Given the strong seasonal winds, the garbage is found strewn all around the residential areas in the town as well as Kottucherry and Nedungadu.

The worst-hit is the Nedungadu Commune Panchyat where the panchayat workers, including the conservancy workers, desist from clearing the garbage. The workers claimed non-disbursement of salary for the past few months had forced them to resort to relay strike.

Jaisingh, president of the Government Employees Federation, said that the workers were left with no option but to resort to the strike.

He said that paucity of funds stood in the way for disbursing the salary to the employees.

There has been an increase in the volume of garbage, particularly waste food, meat, parotta and plastic waste, says N. Gandhirajan, Municipal Commissioner, Karaikal.

He told The Hindu that the municipality handled 50 tonnes of solid waste daily, which was just 35 tonnes a couple of years ago.

“The increase in the number of residential colonies in the town has contributed to the rise in the volume of garbage,” he added.

Facing the difficulty in segregating the degradable and non-degradable waste materials, the municipality has planned to introduce door-to-door collection of bio-degradable and non-degradable waste in a couple of months, he added.

Polythene waste was a major problem in the town, partly due to the presence of a large number of bars.


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