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Tiruchi expects to score high in Swachh Bharat ranking

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Tiruchi city is expected to secure a high position in the Swachh Bharat ranking 2016-17, scheduled to be announced by the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), on Thursday.

The MoUD has sent a communication to the Directorate of Municipal Administration and the Tiruchi Corporation stating that Tiruchi city has been selected in “the winning category.” The exact position of the ranking would be known on Thursday.


A four-member team of the Tiruchi Corporation led by its Special Officer-cum-Commissioner N. Ravichandran left for New Delhi on Tuesday to receive the award.

“We do not know the exact position of Tiruchi city in the ranking. But, the MoUD officials have asked us to attend the award ceremony. We are heading for New Delhi. We hope that Tiruchi city will get a respectable position once again,” Mr. Ravichandran told The Hindu on Tuesday.

He said out of 2,000 marks set by the Directorate of Swachh Bharat Mission, the Tiruchi Corporation would score good marks on various categories. It had taken strenuous efforts to get maximum marks in all categories, including solid waste management, citizen feedback, night sweeping, on-site composting, biometric attendance, Swachhata APP downloading, practice and responding to the citizens complaints, community toilet, Individual Household Latrine coverage and others.

Mr. Ravichandran said that it might score less marks only in landfill category. The Corporation had narrowed down the gaps in all shortcomings that were identified in the previous years.

The city had secured all India second rank in the Swachh Bharat ranking 2014-15. However, it went down by a place in 2015-16. The survey for 2016-17 was completed in January. A team from the Quality Council of India had visited Tiruchi in January to get a first-hand information on cleanliness of the city.





source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/tiruchi-expects-to-score-high-in-swachh-bharat-ranking/article18353521.ece


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Youths join hands to clean Kanakkankulam Tank

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It was an open invitation posted on social media that brought a group of youth to Kanakkankulam Tank on Sunday. What had inspired them was stories of young men like them in other parts of the state joining hands to remove prosopis julifora (seemaikaruvel).

The 1200-acre tank is the lifeline of residents of K.K. Nagar and several villages to the south of K.Sathanur. Besides supplying water to the paddy fields, it is an important source of ground water to the region. Controlled and maintained by the Public Works Department, the sprawling tank turned into a dumping yard over the years. Moreover, it became a haven for anti-social elements in the night.

Now, the tank is all set to receive a facelift, thanks to the young men, who assembled at the site with gloves and equipment to conduct a cleaning operation. Tiruchi City Corporation also got into the act and sent three earth movers and tipper lorries to assist them.

The volunteers cleared the domestic waste, plastic bottles, plastic carry bags and liquor bottles strewn across the tank, while the earth movers cleared the bushes. With the blazing sun beating on their heads, the young men worked continuously from 7 am till evening.

More importantly, they removed the bottlenecks for free flow of water into the tank. They also cleaned the inlet and outlet channels. “We cannot be a silent spectator when water bodies are being polluted. Hence, we joined together to save a water body in our locality,” said M. Kumara Eswaran, a Home Guard and resident of Kaval Karan Street.

They had made a good beginning. It was a holiday well-spent. And now they would take up the matter with the Collector and other officials for help to complete the task, the group said.

The team also decided to rope in members of various associations for the renovation. And their aim is see the tank brimming with water to its maximum level.

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Landfilled solid waste to be excavated, processed

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To do away with heaps of unprocessed non-biodegradable waste accumulated at the corporation dumping yard at Ariyamangalam, the city corporation is planning to opt bio-mining- a process whereby solid wastes which have previously been landfilled are excavated and processed.

Spread across 167 sqkm area, the city generates an average of 469 tonnes of waste on a daily basis from 65 wards. While the Ariyamangalam dumping yard has been in use for over four decades, the waste accumulation is estimated to be over 12 lakh tonnes.

Half of the waste generated daily is organic including vegetable and food waste, which is converted into manure for the last couple of years by the corporation.

However, the rest of the non-biodegradable waste dumped at the yard all these years is the cause of all problems. Apart from polluting the soil and ground water, the dump yard has been creating health issues to people living nearby.

"Bio mining would address these issues effectively as has been successfully implemented at Maraimalai Nagar in Chennai," said corporation commissioner N Ravichandran.

Stating that the work would begin as soon as the state government gives the approval, the commissioner said that the idea is to convert the waste into refuse-derived fuel (RDF) which can be used as fuel in industrial units.

"The interesting part of the project is that the corporation will be spending minimum for the project as the revenue generated out of the waste will bear the cost of shredding and drying process to convert it into RDF," said Ravichandran.

The process would help retrieve 43 acre of land which has been filled with waste all these years.

Welcoming the move, S P Saravanan, president of Environment Care Society, Trichy, said they were anticipating some real ground work from the corporation towards a better change. Saravanan has been spearheading a series of protest demanding the relocation of the waste yard and advocates zero dumping at any place.

Stressing on recycling of waste at source which demands behavioural change among people, he said before Ariyamangalam is cleared, waste meant for dumping should not generate in the city.

In Sweden, people come forward to buy recycled waste, said B Dharmaraj, director of Zigma Global Environ Solutions private limited. The firm is has been instrumental in retrieving about 7 acre of land in Kumbakonam with 1.36 tonnes of waste.

He said that the civic body is willing to take up bio mining has been offered 35 per cent funding from the Centre. Besides, minister forest and environment too will assist them in the process.


source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/landfilled-solid-waste-to-be-excavated-processed/articleshow/58230336.cms


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Trichy pledges to get rid of plastic straws

Trichiites on Friday took 'No Straw Challenge', a collaborative effort by various NGOs and youth organisations in the city, discouraging the usage of straw made of plastic to drink juice and other beverages.

Plastic straws being the eighth biggest pollutants of water bodies in the world, volunteers from various organizations converged under the banner of 'Ithu Namathu Trichy' to sensitise the public on the menace. The campaign has gone viral in social media platforms with people posting selfies while taking #NoStrawChallenge by drinking beverages without straw.

City corporation commissioner N Ravichandran led many others to take the NoStrawChallenge as they gathered near the central bus stand on Friday as part of the event. Juice was served to the gathered - for a change in paper glasses made of sugarcane pulp. "These glasses are safe unlike other paper glasses available in the market with wax coating," said Manoj Dharmar, founder member of Shine TREEchy, a voluntary youth organisation which initiated the online campaign. "We came to know that a district in Kerala has banned the usage of straws. We hope the city corporation too comes up with a similar initiative," he said.

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It might be hard to believe how using a plastic straw is going to cause a huge damage to the environment, says Ganesan, a volunteer. Recalling an incident, he said, "Recently a team of scientists in Costa Rica came across an endangered species of sea turtle with what they thought was a parasitic worm blocking its airway. They realized it was actually a plastic straw. The scientists successfully dislodged the straw themselves and released the turtle back into the ocean. The team members filmed their efforts and one can see the ordeal that the turtle underwent in the online video," he said. "A straw can be used only once unlike other plastics like carry bags as it is dumped after use," said event coordinator A Akshaya.


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