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More micro compost yards opened

Buoyed by the success of its initiative to open micro compost yards to micro manage solid waste collection and disposal, the Tiruchi City Corporation has opened eight more such facilities in the city.

In order to decentralise the solid waste management and to avoid dumping of waste at a centralised location without segregation, the civic body had set up its first micro compost yard at Pookkollai near Ariyamangalam about a year ago on a pilot basis.

Since it proved to be a success, two more compost yards were set up at Konakkarai in Srirangam and Birds Road in Cantonment.

The scheme has now been extended to eight more places in the city at a cost of ₹3.77 crore. Tourism Minister Vellamandi N. Natarajan and Backward Classes and Minority Welfare Minister S. Valarmathi inaugurated the new compost yards at a function held at the Corporation lorry shed in the city on Sunday.

Member of Parliament P. Kumar, Corporation Commissioner cum Special Officer N. Ravichandran and senior officials participated in it.

Mr. Ravichandran said that the micro compost yards set up at Oyyamari, Drainage Street in ward 3 in Srirangam, Viragupettai, Kuppankulam, Kamaraj Nagar and Vamadam would start function immediately. Services of 134 Self Help Groups would be involved in the operation of micro compost yards.

A total of 21 vehicles would be used for collecting garbage from the residents and business establishments of targeted wards.

The SHG members would segregate waste into bio-degradable and non-degradable.

The bio-degradable waste would be used as a main raw material for producing organic manure.

He said the new compost yards would process about 63 tonnes of garbage per day. As many as 1.60 lakh residents living in 34,500 households would be covered in the extended scheme.

Similarly, eight more micro compost yards would be set up in the town.

Construction works had already begun and they would be brought into operation within two to three months.


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