Times of India, 24-May-12
CHENNAI: The Chennai Corporation is likely to set up an integrated solid waste management plant in Malaipattu village near Sriperumbudur to reduce the garbage pile-up at the Kodungaiyur and Perungudi dump yards. The civic body is also working on similar projects at Uthukottai and Gummidipoondi in Tiruvallur district, aiming for a scientific closure of dump yards in the long run.
Sources in the corporation said Wilber Smith consultancy along with the Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Financial Services Ltd would identify the right technology from among the proposals by 31 multi-national companies, which had expressed interest in providing suitable technology in these plants and scientific closure of the two dump yards.
The city corporation had asked the Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram district administration to identify 100 acre plots for setting up solid waste management plants at three locations on the city outskirts. The Kancheepuram administration informed the corporation that it could only identify a 55acre plot for the proposed plant in Malaipattu village near Sriperumbudur which comes under the Kundrathur panchayat union. Earlier, Tiruvallur district administration had suggested plots in Uthukottai and Gummidipoondi.
Corporation sources said the civic body will finalise the plots in a couple of weeks before sending out requests for proposals to companies who participated in the 'expression of interest' to set up the plants. On May 10, 31 companies expressed interest to set up the integrated solid waste plants and scientific closure of the two existing dump yards.
Wilber Smith consultancy confirmed this. "The civic body had submitted details of the proposals about the proposed plant from 31 companies. The proposals will be verified and submitted within two weeks," said a senior manager of Wilber Smith.
A senior corporation official said it was very difficult to identify a 100-acre plot. "So we have decided to set up a plant on 50-60 acres in the suburbs. There are practical difficulties in setting up these plants, as they should be away from residential areas and schools. Also, the plant should be within a 30km radius from the city to avoid additional transportation expense," he said.
Kodungayur and Perungudi residents had opposed an earlier plan to set up plants within the existing dump yards.