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City gears up to segregate solid waste at source

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The Hindu          03.06.2017  

City gears up to segregate solid waste at source

Corporation Commissioner N.Ravichandran at the Yugaa meet in Tiruchi on Friday.Photo: B. Velankanni RajB_VELANKANNI RAJ  

The new system is to begin from June 5 on the occasion of World Environment Day

The Tiruchi Corporation is gearing up to launch its ambitious plan to segregate solid waste at source across the city from June 5, on the occasion of World Environment Day.

The civic body has intensified the drive to sensitise city residents ahead of enforcing the new system, Corporation officials said on Friday. Under the system, city residents are required to segregate their bio-degradable and non-degradable waste and hand over the same to the sanitary workers separately. All 2.3 lakh households in the city besides shops and commercial establishments are required to comply with the new regulation.

The Corporation has announced that the non-degradable waste, including plastics, empty bottles and metal objects, would have to be collected separately and handed over to the sanitary workers of the civic body once a week on Wednesdays.

The civic body has proposed to levy penalties, ranging from Rs. 10 to Rs. 500, for residents and traders violating the rules for the first time.

Repeat offences would attract higher penalties for different categories.

However, Corporation Commissioner N. Ravichandran said the provision for imposing penalties was only meant for a deterrent effect.

“We are confident that the city residents and traders will extend their full cooperation to make the plan a success. However, we will have no option but to impose penalties if there are violations,” he said.

Mr. Ravichandran said about 300 Corporation employees and officers would be deployed to supervise and monitor the implementation of the system. “An officer would be assigned to monitor teams of five sanitary workers each until the system stabilises,”he said.

On the sensitisation drive, Mr. Ravichandran said pamphlets providing details of the system were being distributed to residents and traders.

“We have also held meetings with representatives of residents associations to brief them on the new system,” he said.

An awareness rally is also planned on June 5 to spread the message.

On Friday, the Corporation, in association with Yugaa, a women’s social welfare organisation, held an awareness meeting titled, ‘Tiruchi…Indhu Namma Oooru…Namma Veedu,’ to sensitise the women on the initiative.

Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Ravichandran said the Corporation has identified about 200 vendors who would be handed over the non-degradable waste collected from residents for processing or recycling. He pointed out that the city generated about 450 tonnes of solid waste every day and civic body has already taken steps to reduce the quantum of waste dumped at the Ariyamangalam garbage yard by setting up 20 micro compost yards at different parts of the city to process the solid waste collected locally.

Terming it is an important initiative, Mr. Ravichandran called upon the city residents to extend their full cooperation and make it a success.

S. Amuthavalli, Executive Engineer, Tiruchi Corporation, who made a presentation on the system, pointed out that the initiative was an important one for the city towards reaching the top position in the Swachh Survekshan ranking next year from its current position of sixth cleanest city in the country.

Allirani Balaji, president, Yugaa, said her organisation would bring together women for improving the environment and extend its full cooperation in segregating household waste.

College students presented a mime and skit on solid waste management on the occasion.


Greater Chennai Corporation to raise awareness on segregating waste at home

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The Times of India      04.06.2017   

Greater Chennai Corporation to raise awareness on segregating waste at home

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CHENNAI: The official theme for World Environment Day which falls on June 5 is connecting people with nature. But priorities for Greater Chennai Corporation lies in the basics -- separating your waste at home.

Officials are attempting creative posters and are trying to gather people to take mass pledges to launch source segregation as an everyday practice, which is an extension of the centre's Swachh Bharat Mission. The Ministry of Urban Development has been exerting pressure on the city corporation to show results and set a target.

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So far, 3% of the 5,000 tonnes of waste generated every day is being segregated and does not go to the landfills in Kodungaiyur and Perungudi. "The Ministry of Urban Development has been asking us when we are going to achieve 100% segregation but it is hard to set a target now," said a source in the solid waste management department working to promote the union government's mission adding, "We can't achieve 100% until we have composting pits in all wards and we are in the process of identifying vacant lands and awaiting funds to carry them out."

Though civic officials have been conducting door-to-door awareness and demos on separating wet waste from dry waste and recycling methods, officials believe a special launch on a global day of observation could raise awareness. "The Ministry of Urban Development has sent us a model for campaigning and the entire department is working on that," said the official. Presently, gated communities and apartments primarily in central Chennai, south Chennai and Manali in north Chennai are leading the way in source segregation in the city.

‘Chennai’s sewage generation 3 times that of official figure’

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The New Indian Express        01.06.2017  

‘Chennai’s sewage generation 3 times that of official figure’

CHENNAI: How much sewage does Chennai actually generate? According to Arappor Iyakkam, a Chennai-based organisation, the city generates 1500 million litres of sewage a day (MLD), a figure that is three times more than what is stated by Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB). Of this, only 427 MLD of sewage is being treated, the organisation said.

The citizens’ group claimed that the findings of the report titled ‘Why Chennai Stinks’ that was released on Wednesday, was based on a series of RTIs and inspections carried out by a team from the organisation. “The first step towards finding a solution for the sewage problem is to acknowledge it, something that the government is failing to do,” said  Jayaram Venkatesan, convenor of Arappor Iyakkam.Even by consolidating the data acquired from the CMWSSB, the team found that at least 604 MLD of sewage was being pumped in the 245 pumping stations across the city, revealing a difference of over 50 MLD with the CMWSSB estimates for 2017.

Out of the 27 sewage pumping stations that were audited for the study, the report alleged that 10 stations released untreated sewage into waterbodies. In the team’s social audit of pumping stations, no plant operator was reportedly assigned to several pumping stations like the South Mada street pumping station at Tiruvottriyur.

“There was only a field operator with high school education in most of the pumping stations that we audited, and the operator did not know even basic details like the measure of total flow of sewage,” Jayaram said. The operator’s work was limited to switching the motor on and off based on the level of sewage in the well.

A plant operator, on the other hand, is required to have an associated degree or diploma and keep himself updated on the functioning of the pumping station. At the stations, three operators are required during each shift - one plant operator and two field operators.
“There was even an instance when we found the operators drinking at the time of our visit,” he said. According to the report, at Manali, a large quantity of untreated sewage was let into a pond, called an ‘oxidation pond’, which had been apportioned near the Kosasthalaiyar, solely for the purpose of collecting untreated discharge. This was later verified through  RTI.

The report also detailed the team’s observations on  sewage treatment plants in the city, concluding that it lacked monitoring mechanisms like flow metres and had insufficient aeration. It also noted that the main equipment in many of these plants, including the primary clarifier and bio gas engine, were not functional.

The group has recommended the installation of automatic flow controllers to publish live data on sewage flow and holding the CMWSSB responsible for prevention of discharge of untreated sewage into waterbodies.

Violating norms
Out of the 27 sewage pumping stations that were audited for the study, the detailed report alleged that 10 stations released untreated sewage into waterbodies.


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