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Rs. 49-crore bio-mining project approved

Accidental fire during summer at Ariyamangalam garbage dump sends clouds of smoke causing nuisance to residents.

Residents living around the Corporation garbage dump at Ariyamangalam could get relief soon as a plan to dispose of garbage through bio-mining has been approved under the Smart City Project.

This and development of the Chathram Bus stand are among the two latest projects that have been approved for execution by the State-level High Powered Committee. While the bio-mining project would be executed at an expenditure of Rs. 49 crore, the bus stand would be developed at an investment of about Rs. 17.34 crore.

“The works would start in another three months after obtaining technical sanction and completing tendering process,” Corporation Special Officer-cum-Commissioner N.Ravichandran told reporters here on Friday.

The Uyyakondan river front development, tourism development project around Rockfort, multi-level car park, a commercial complex at Thillai Nagar and development of a handful of public parks are among some of the proposals already approved under the Smart City Project in the city.

The sanction of the bio-mining project would come as a relief to the Corporation as the compost yard had in recent years posed a big headache to the civic body. The dump is spread over an area of about 47.70 acres and has turned into a veritable swamp of putrid and reeking mounds of 7.59 lakh cubic metres of garbage accumulated over a period of nearly 75 years. Almost every summer, accidental fires send clouds of smoke that hang over the entire locality posing a major health hazard to residents living around the facility.

Over the past 10 years, the civic body had examined various options to dispose the accumulated garbage. It decided to go in for a scientific disposal method to find a permanent solution. Through bio-mining, materials such as plastics, rubber, leather, textiles, metals and glass would be extracted from mounds of accumulated waste and most of them are likely to be used as fuel in cement kilns in nearby factories. The organic waste would be composted.

Over the past couple of years, the Corporation has substantially reduced the quantum of garbage dumped at the site. While the city generates about 450 tonnes of solid waste every day, about 163 tonnes were processed through micro compost plants, opened at 27 places across the city.

Through the project, the corporation hopes to reclaim about 30 acres of land with the landfill mining and future dump yard to be spread over around 10 acres. The project is expected to be completed in about two years.

Chathram Bus Stand

Providing details of the improvements planned at Chathram Bus Stand, Mr.Ravichandran said the project would seek to ease the traffic congestion at the spot by building a modern terminus that would accommodate about 30 buses at any given time. The basement of the terminal building would have a two-wheeler parking lot with a capacity to accommodate about 350 vehicles. Twenty-eight shops in ground and first floors and eight toilets, four each for men and women, would be built. However, the new terminus would be meant only for the town buses and mofussil buses would continue to operate from roadsides near the Kamarajar Statue junction.


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