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Stringent steps on sale, use of plastic bags planned

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The Hindu            31.05.2017  

Stringent steps on sale, use of plastic bags planned

Kodaikanal residents to pay a minimum user charge to municipality

Kodaikanal Municipality has planned to initiate stringent measures on sale and use of plastic bags and other materials and collect annual registration fees and monthly deposit from shops selling such items to make hill station plastic-free.

Moreover, residents will have to pay a minimum user charge to the municipality for collecting and disposing of domestic waste.

Those who fail to follow the guidelines in using and selling plastic bags and in disposing of waste safely will be imposed a fine of up to Rs. 7,000.

Establishments and buildings occupying 5,000 square feet or more will have to find their own source to process biodegradable waste and recycle non-biodegradable waste generated by them.

They should not depend on the municipality for disposing of the waste as it will not collect waste from them. If they request, the civic body will collect only non-biodegradable waste fit for recycling.

These guidelines will come into force within one and a half months.

Briefing on plastic and solid waste management programmes here on Monday, Municipal Commissioner S. Saravanan said all shops selling and using plastic bags should register their names with the municipality by remitting Rs. 40,000 per annum and get licence to sell plastic bags.

Besides, each seller would have to pay Rs. 4,000 per month as fees. Such stringent norms would force sellers and users to shift to alternative materials.

All residents would have to segregate waste and hand it over to conservancy workers at the collection point, failing which they would be fined.

Cumulative method would be adopted for fining regular defaulters.

Recycling of non-biodegradable waste would be done by private parties, he added.

Explaining the tax structure, Municipal Health Officer S. Ram Kumar said four slabs of taxes ranging from Rs. 20 to Rs. 200 per month would be levied from residents on the basis of built area.

Hotels with restaurants and other commercial establishments would have to pay Rs. 7,000 for six months.

If they failed to register their names and remit monthly fees, they could be fined and even shops sealed.

To ensure 100% collection of waste, 80 conservancy workers in addition to the existing workers would be hired through private agencies for door-to-door collection, he added.

 

Water purification plant at Soolai nearing completion

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The Hindu           26.05.2017  

Water purification plant at Soolai nearing completion

The Pollution Control Board (PCB) is confident that the model water purification plant on the verge of completion at Soolai in the city will draw broad attention of dyeing, bleaching, tanning and printing units in the district to the unique technology to be adopted for conversion of effluent into food grade water.

Advanced FPSTAR technology developed by a Bengaluru-based laboratory is to be deployed for conversion of the waste liquid into water fit for consumption.

The model plant that would use Aquatron Boomtube Resonator is stated to be the first of its kind facility in the state to convert sewage wastes and industrial effluent into food grade water.

As many as 40 to 50 industries have made substantial financial contributions at the initiative of Olirum Erodu Foundation for establishing the model plant.

Totally, Rs. 1.8 crore is the estimate for the model plant with capacity to treat 2.4 lakh litres a day with two similar units: one to treat sewage waste from Pichakaranpallam Odai and the other to process effluent from tanning, dyeing and bleaching units brought in lorries.

The civil work has been completed and the machinery has also arrived. Installation would consume duration of at least two weeks, and trial run would be conducted thereafter.

In the meantime, the stakeholders of the model plant have reportedly approached the IIT Madras requesting for constitution of a technical committee to validate purity level of the treated water, and determine utility of the minimal sludge generated in the process as manure.

Once the purity is confirmed, industries will be encouraged and facilitated to form clusters and establish more number of such plants in geographical proximity, Pollution Control Board sources said.

District Collector S. Prabakar, who carried out an inspection on Wednesday, said the 545 dyeing, bleaching and printing units, and 34 tanning units were required to adopt Zero Liquid Discharge technology.

The treatment cost under the new technology will be much lesser. Also, only two % of the waste precipitates as sludge, he said.

 

Corporation to rope in students

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The Hindu        24.05.2017  

Corporation to rope in students

Coimbatore Corporation has decided to invite students to intern in the Swachh Bharat programme.

Corporation Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan said that the plan to invite students was at a very preliminary stage and that the civic body was yet to even send out letter of internship offers to colleges.

Only based on the response from colleges, students would the civic body decide on the numbers it needed, quantum of stipend, if any, to be paid and where to fit in the students.

But the broad objective was to use the students as an interface between the public - the civic could use them to create awareness among the public on the Swachh Bharat mobile app, elicit problems in the ward, and get feedback on action taken.

Mr. Vijayakarthikeyan, however, clarified that that the initiative was not suggested by the Union Government.


Notice served

Coimbatore Corporation has served notices on a few engineers for dereliction of duty.

Sources said that five of them involved in the model roads project had shown poor results.

Soon after starting the work on D.B. Road, the civic body did not show progress.

The sources also said that the corporation had reminded a few utility service providers to pay the money to shift their lines/wires/poles/boxes so as to implement the model roads project.

 


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