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    Tamil Nadu: In Virudhunagar, a ‘Garbage Bank’ for waste management

    Written by Varsha Sriram | Chennai | Updated: June 15, 2022 2:11:00 pm

    Till date, 45,000 Kgs of garbage has been collected, recycled at the bank, stopping it from ending up in landfills in Virudhunagar. (Source: Garbage Bank)


    To address the issue of waste management and eliminate landfills and incinerators in the Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu, a group of local residents have been educating people about waste segregation, up-cycling, and recycling their garbage through a ‘Garbage Bank’.

    The ‘Garbage Bank’, functioning since October 2, 2019, also segregates the waste from people’s houses so that it doesn’t end up in landfills and incinerators. This initiative aims to involve the people of the district to manage waste and create awareness of recycling garbage.

    Speaking to indianexpress.com, R Rajavalli, Convenor of the Garbage Bank, said, “We started this work six years back with the realisation that mixed garbage is a huge environmental issue that should be solved at the grassroots level. While most of the residents were blaming the municipality and corporation, no one wanted to take up the effort to address the issue. Which is when I thought we must create awareness on segregation of waste.”

    The ‘Garbage Bank’, which was started on October 2, 2019, focuses on educating people about waste segregation, upcycling and recycling of their garbage. (Garbage Bank)

    Educating, involving people

    For over four years, Rajavalli went across schools and colleges to educate the people of Virudhunagar. “Our objective is to educate, empower, and enrich. In order to achieve this, we visit schools, colleges, hospitals, residential communities, and other institutions. We take classes, we teach people how to separate waste and collect garbage in order to recycle as well as up-cycle,” said Rajavalli.

    Later, it struck Rajavalli that education was not enough, and it was important to make residents execute the process. Which is when she decided to start the ‘Garbage Bank’. “We started off as an educational forum by holding classes and workshops. It was then we were instructed by some professionals that we should get to the next level and don’t just educate people. That’s when we began the garbage bank,” she added.

    Since 2019, the garbage bank has associated itself with over 600 families in Virudhunagar which segregate their waste and give it to the bank, which in turn segregates the waste into more categories to recycle, reuse and up-cycle the garbage. To date, 45,000 kg of garbage has been collected, and recycled at the bank, stopping it from ending up in landfills in Virudhunagar.

    “After educating these families, we receive their segregated garbage in four types; paper, plastic, metal, and e-waste items. Once this reaches the bank, we have employees who then re-segregate the garbage into 42 different items. we try to reuse most of the items given to us. We make cloth bags out of old cloth items,” said Rajavalli.

    “We are not a formal organisation because all members here have full-time jobs. There are entrepreneurs, school principals, IT professionals and teachers. We do this in our free time,” added Rajavalli.

    The Garbage Bank project is also executed in association with a group ‘Nammadu Oor, Nammadu Kadamai’, which holds two Guinness world records–for the largest lesson on recycling with 17,303 school and college students and the highest number of plastic bags recycled within eight hours (2,37,900 bags).

    The group also holds two Guinness world records– for the largest lesson on recycling with 17,303 school and college students and the highest number of plastic bags recycled within eight hours (2,37,900 bags).

    Revathi Rajasekharan, the former entrepreneurship development cell coordinator of V V Vanniaperumal College for Women, Virudhunagar, reached out to the Garbage Bank a few years ago, when her students had taken up a project to segregate waste. “My department went on to install three different bins in each class for biowaste, plastic and paper. Eventually, when the whole college followed the method, there was a close to 300 kg of garbage, which we could not dispose of. That’s when we reached out to Garbage Bank to fix this. Thus, plastic waste was recycled.” After this, Rajasekharan also joined the group and continues to educate and create awareness in the district.

    Money for waste

    The garbage bank also conducts an auction where the up-cycled products are sold at a price. “When you see old items in the garbage on the streets, no one wants to use them. But, if there’s a bank that recycles these and displays them nicely, people tend to buy them because it’s useful to them. In our auctions, we’ve sold old beds, e-waste, and other electronic items,” Rajavalli said.

    A distinct feature of the garbage bank is that the families who give their segregated waste to the bank get back money in return. Towards the end of the month, the bank calculates the amounts received from scrap items, and gives the money to these families. Depending on the scrap material, families are given between Rs 2 to Rs 20 on average. To date, Rajavalli says, Rs 92,000 has been given to the 600 families.

    The garbage collection is done geographically where a group of people are assigned on different days at different locations. “In other cases, people call us directly when their bins are full which we go and collect as soon as possible. The biowaste is used to make compost and the rest is recycled,” she said. The garbage bank has a godown in Virudhunagar and also employs six to seven people.

    “Even if items such as torn bags, slippers/shoe/belt, thermocol, and other hazardous waste. We tell our beneficiaries to give this as well. With thermacol and acetone, we make a paste that’s used as a mould to make small toys which are then sold again,” she said.

    Chandra, an English teacher at a school in Virudhunagar, said, “In our school, we give our garbage to the Garbage Bank, and they buy it. For 300 kg, they paid us Rs 1,749. This is an amazing process. This allows waste to be recycled without harming the environment.”

    The garbage collection is done geographically where a group of persons are assigned on different days at different locations.

    Future plans

    When asked if the Garbage Bank is associated with the municipality and corporation at Virudhunagar, Rajavalli said, “While we have extended our arms to the municipality that we are ready to help them, there are certain constraints. They are doing good work but we are trying to help them as people don’t segregate waste when it is handed over to the municipality workers. If they are aware of its significance, this mess will no longer happen.”

    The Garbage Bank and ‘Nammadu Oor Nammadu Kadamai’ team wish to expand their project to other districts in Virudhunagar. “We have a five-step prototype that we are ready to give to anyone who is interested in our sustainable model. Two districts in Tamil Nadu have already reached out to us on this and we hope to expand.”

    “We are glad that people are now slowly realising the importance of waste segregation and wish to implement it in their houses,” said Rajavalli and Rajasekharan.









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      Chennai: Bypass project delay throws traffic off gear

      Ram Sundaram / TNN / Updated: Jun 14, 2022, 09:11 IST


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      CHENNAI: Delay in construction of two major bypass road projects on Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) has worsened traffic congestion between Kelambakkam and Thiruporur.

      Tamil Nadu Road Development Corporation (TNRDC), which started the project five years ago, has missed the deadline resulting in a significant impact on travel time on the IT corridor.

      Residents of Padur, Kelambakkam and Thiruporur, who work at IT firms and other offices in the area, use the four-lane road to reach their work places and get back home.

      Besides this, south-bound vehicles use this stretch to reach Mahabalipuram or Pondicherry via East Coast Road (ECR). This leads to frequent traffic jams in the area, particularly during peak hours.

      The TNRDC in 2018 proposed to construct two bypasses after Siruseri Kelambakkam (4.67 km) and Thiruporur (7.45 km) at an estimated cost of over 201 crore to decongest the road stretch. But the cost escalated due to delay.

      G Satish, a resident-activist from OMR, said, “Though we were told that land acquisition was completed and the contractor had started construction in 2018, it has progressed at a snail's pace. All it requires is a proper push from the government.”

      There are no sign boards at the roundtana near Padur (starting point of the bypass road) to inform motorists not to take any diversions on OMR as construction work is still in progress. Many Mahabalipuram-bound vehicles end up taking the left at this routana thinking the project is complete and end up returning to the main road after a detour, he said.

      Besides this, motorists complain on inadequate lighting leading to accidents.










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        Chennai: Why does this man still have to clean out our filth?

        TNN / Updated: Jun 16, 2022, 07:03 IST


        Manual scavenging is banned, but the menace continues in the city as elsewhere. A worker inside a storm water drain in T Nagar on Wednesday to clear blockages

        CHENNAI: We talk about ‘smart city’, but still send people in without any protective gear to cleam out drains and sewers. After TOI asked Greater Chennai Corporation why it had sent the man in the photograph into a stormwater drain, the civic body said it has lodged a police complaint against the contractor who didn’t provide safety gear to workers desilting drains in T Nagar on Wednesday.

        Ten workers with no gloves, rubber boots or masks entered the seven-foot-deep stormwater drain pits to clear blockages. A corporation official said the contractor had been told to follow safety precautions, but he did not comply with the norms. “We filed a police complaint for violation of rules. Machines must be used wherever possible,” said an official.

        Samuel D of Safai Karamchari Andolan said that their organization had met with all district officials and had petitioned the officials to ensure workers were provided with safety gears. Greater Chennai corporation commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi said strict orders had been issued to all contractors, zonal officials and engineers to ensure safety gear is provided to workers.








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          Land pooling pilot in Madambakkam

          TNN / Jun 17, 2022, 08:22 IST

          Chennai: The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, which is implementing a pilot project for land pooling at Madambakkam, has decided to revise Land Pooling Area Development Scheme (LPADS) rules incorporating best practices from different states, modern concepts and feedback from citizens. They were first issued in 2020 as an alternative to land acquisition.

          “We are in discussion with landowners whose plots fall in the Madambakkam pilot scheme and are trying to make the scheme successful through stakeholders’ participation and involvement,” Anshul Mishra, member secretary, CMDA said.

          In land pooling, land owners consensually accept the government proposal for developing public infrastructure through plot reconstitution.

          “The portion used for the development of amenities is gifted to the government. Landowners get back a portion of developed land plots with much-appreciated market value. Land pooling provides a win-win situation for both the people and government,” said A Srivathsan, Center head and Principal Researcher, CEPT University.










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            Madras HC quashes HR&CE dept notice against Queensland amusement park

            By: PTI | Chennai | Updated: June 17, 2022 9:09:35 am


            The Madras High Court in Chennai. (File)


            The Madras High Court has set aside a notice issued by the HR&CE Department, which sought to remove the Queensland Amusement Park, established on a sprawling area of 21.06 acres in Pappanchatram village in Kanchipuram district.

            Justice V M Velumani granted the relief to the amusement park, while allowing a batch of three writ petitions from S Nalini Selvaraj and two others challenging the notice dated October 8, 2021 of the Joint Commissioner, Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments department at Kanchipuram, on Wednesday.

            After tracing the history of the land measuring 177 acres from 1884 and the subsequent Land Ceiling Act when the same was donated to two temples and several court proceedings over the ownership of the land, the judge said that once a division bench of this court had set aside an order, which directed the petitioners to pay the amount as demanded by Sri Kasi Viswanathar and Sri Venugopaleeswarar temple at Pazhanjur, the temple cannot be termed as a landlord and is not entitled to initiate proceedings under Section 78 of the HR & CE Act.

            Further, the court by an order passed in October 2021 had observed that the Revenue department and the temple can sort out the tussle amongst themselves. They had filed petitions before the district Collector for the issue of patta.

            The Collector, after recording the statement of the temple and others, who were in possession, including the petitioners herein, rejected the request of the temple. It had filed an appeal to the Commissioner of the Land Administration and the same was pending.

            Meanwhile, the first bench of this court, while disposing of a PIL petition in October, 2021 had held that the rights pertaining to the land in question will be governed as a whole by the result of the appeals pending before the Land Administration Commissioner.

            The HR&CE also in the notes of submission, admitted that the issue between the Revenue department and the temple will be governed by the appeal pending before the Commissioner. The proposal of the petitioners offering alternate land in lieu of land in question is under consideration by the State government. The government officials had already inspected the alternate land offered by the petitioners. The district Collector had also held that the lease granted by the temple in respect of the government land was erroneous.

            “Considering the above materials in its entirety, especially the order of the first bench of this Court dated October 29,.2021 made in W.P.No.14113 of 2020 that the rights pertaining to the land in question will be governed by the result of appeal, which is still pending before the Commissioner of Land Administration, this Court is of the view that the petitioners are entitled to the relief sought for in the Writ Petitions,” the judge said and quashed the notice.












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              Chennai: CMRL to start work on elevated corridor near Koyambedu soon

              TNN / Updated: Jun 18, 2022, 08:59 IST


              A file photo shows a barricaded part of Kaliamman Koil Street near Koyambedu

              CHENNAI: Metro rail construction may soon begin at Kaliamman Koil Street near Koyambedu, considered one of the most challenging locations, to build an elevated corridor in phase-2. CMRL may demolish front portions of a few buildings to make way for the elevated viaducts on the centre of the road which is one of the narrowest and has heavy vehicular movement.

              According to the detailed project report, a total of 29 structures may be affected due to the construction of the metro rail line on this stretch. This includes two residential and 21 commercial buildings.

              The road is being widened from 8-10m to 24-27m, the report said. Kaliamman Koil Street is part of corridor-5 of the 118.9km phase-2 from Madhavaram to Sholinganallur covering 47km.

              “We have barricaded some portions of the road, but construction work may take another two months to start. The toughest part of the stretch will be the area where Kaliamman Koil street merges with Arcot Road. We have acquired a lot of land and will demolish buildings to build the elevated line,” an official said. “During construction, managing traffic may be a big challenge,” the official added.

              On a narrow road like this, moving heavy machinery, concreting of pillars and installation of precast viaducts may be difficult. An elevated station — Kaliamman street junction — which is planned on this stretch will link CMBT with Thirumangalam and Anna Nagar depot.

              Officials identified at least nine locations on corridor-5 that may pose a challenge during construction. This includes a 5km stretch from Retteri to Nadhamuni, the only underground line on the corridor, which will be tough for tunnelling due to rocky soil.

              While at Kathipara, phase-2 line will be built above the existing phase-1, in four locations —Thirumanagalam, Koyambedu, CMBT and Medavakkam — elevated corridors may have to cross existing flyovers. A double decker corridor between Alwarthirunagar and Porur for 5.6km with five interchange stations, a grade separator between Mugalivakkam and MIOT Hospital and an elevated line above are the other challenging locations.









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                Over 8,100 in Chennai owe civic body Rs 50,000-plus property tax

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                “This could be due to several reasons, including pending court cases, appeals with the corporation, locked and sealed buildings, and some government buildings,” said corporation deputy commissioner (Revenue and Finance) Vishu Mahajan.

                CHENNAI: The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has identified 8,118 establishments with cumulative property tax arrears of more than 50,000. It’s commercial establishments and business entities that have large amounts as arrears, said officials.

                “This could be due to several reasons, including pending court cases, appeals with the corporation, locked and sealed buildings, and some government buildings,” said corporation deputy commissioner (Revenue and Finance) Vishu Mahajan.

                Several measures are being considered to recover the arrears, he said, including the possibility of giving defaulters an EMI payment option, outsourcing the collection to third-party agents, tying up with the postal department, and increasing 1% penalty in the pending amount every month.

                “Outsourcing the collection to third-party agents has proven to be successful in Ranchi. The arrear collections there increased from 5 crore to 50 crore after the outsourcing,” Vishnu Mahajan said. The civic body is in touch with banks to provide EMI options for the tax payers as some of them say they can’t pay the full arrear amount at once.

                The civic body is also looking at measures for easy payment such as introducing QR codes and self-assessment options. “We are also holding drives to bring in under-assessed and deviated properties which are out of the tax payment fold,” Vishnu Mahajan said. Sarbajaya Das, head of the taxation and finance committee said they were also in touch with Tangedco to see possibilities of cutting power supply to houses of regular defaulters.

                The city totally has 13 lakh property tax assesses with an annual demand of 800 crore. The corporation has fixed a target of 60 crore of property tax collection for every fortnight. For professional tax, the target has been fixed at 22.04 crore for every fortnight. The civic body has also prepared 1,07,966 general revision of property tax notices to be issued to houses through post.
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                  Chennai: Engineers told to inspect road work at midnight

                  Omjasvin M D / TNN / Updated: Jun 21, 2022, 09:42 IST


                  A file photo shows corporation officials inspecting a road at night. According to the minutes of a recent meeting, zonal officers must take pictures of their night inspections and send them to the corporation commissioner

                  CHENNAI: As complaints about fresh roads being laid without milling the old surface continue to pour in, the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has directed its assistant engineers to be present during the re-laying works at midnight.

                  According to the minutes of a recent meeting, zonal officers must take pictures of their night inspections and send them to the city corporation commissioner.

                  Further, GCC has directed the regional deputy commissioner (central) and chief engineer (general) to inspect all the 14 road works that had milling issues in the Ambattur zone and file a report. Recently, the civic body put an executive engineer in the Manali zone on wait after complaints of non-milling were raised by anti-corruption NGO Arappor Iyakkam.

                  Ensuring compliance: Chief engineer (General) S Rajendiran said the engineers should ensure that the heat of the of the crushed stone (blue metal) and asphalt must be around 150-160 degree Celsius. “They have been asked to ensure that rolling is done properly, and there is adequate thickness of 40mm. The project management consultant will also inspect the roads,” he said.

                  Jayaram Venkatesan, convenor of Arappor Iyakkam, said if the corporation is asking the AEs to conduct inspections at midnight, then they must be allowed to work in shifts. “After working an entire day, if inspections are to be carried out at midnight, they may not do it properly. The corporation must recruit more people and adjust work timings,” he said.







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                    Chennai Corporation issues 704 stop-work notices for building violation

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                    Cracking down on violators, the Greater Chennai Corporation has issued 704 stop-work notices for under-construction buildings where officials found deviations from original plans.


                    CHENNAI: Cracking down on violators, the Greater Chennai Corporation has issued 704 stop-work notices for under-construction buildings where officials found deviations from original plans.

                    In addition to issuing notices, the civic body has also chargesheeted three officials, including a zonal officer from north Chennai, for failing to enforce norms.

                    According to construction norms, if a stop-work notice is issued and the violator still continues construction, the assistant executive engineer concerned should be chargesheeted.

                    Further, the corporation has transferred a superintending engineer from south Chennai for rejecting a dozen building approvals. Officials sources said they sensed that the repeated rejections by the official indicated if he was looking for a bribe to approve the plans and hence, he was transferred to a less significant post, as a proactive measure.

                    In an internal meeting, a report has been sought on why there were so many rejections in a few zones. Nineteen permissions have been rejected in Sholinganallur, followed by 11 in Thiruvika Nagar and 10 in Ambattur.

                    Officials from eight zones - Manali, Teynampet, Kodambakkam, Valsaravakkam, Alandur, Perungudi and Sholinganallur - have been pulled up for poor performance on issuing lock-and-seal notices.

                    Corporation commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi said that lately, there were numerous cases of plans being approved on paper but actually there is a deviation. “As a start, we are checking with permissions given in last six months and cracking down on them. Assistant Engineers must carry out field visits and inspect newer constructions at the plinth level,” he said.

                    He added the officials who are not inspecting are pulled up. “We are being proactive to stop deviations during the construction itself,” the commissioner said.

                    In a recent circular, the corporation has asked its zonal engineers to ensure that the building plan is displayed on board at the entrance site of all the new constructions. The civic body has also suggested demolition of deviations if stark violation is found.
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                      Chennai: Quality checks for storm water drain in question

                      Komal Gautham / TNN / Updated: Jun 23, 2022, 05:55 IST






                      CHENNAI: Two weeks ago, the civic body called for tenders to appoint project management consultants who will monitor the entire storm water drain laying work that begins with the concrete mixture and other materials being tested till the drain is complete.

                      The conundrum: Drain work began months ago and consultants are yet to be appointed.

                      Activists questioned the quality and monitoring of the ongoing work to construct storm water drains worth Rs 482 crore that began two months ago. This is to tackle water stagnation and inundation in 561 critical locations identified during the last monsoon.

                      The tender was cancelled twice already and was to be opened on June 15. Again, on June 15, the tender was cancelled only to be recalled the same day as a short tender. However, tender conditions were altered and the requirement of machinery certificate was added. When questioned, the Greater Chennai Corporation stated that they had uploaded a wrong document and issued a corrigendum.

                      About conditions which have been modified, they stated that in the first call the condition was that the company should have executed a similar work worth Rs 5 crore in the past five years. “We raised it toRs 5.8 crore for two projects in the past five years. Seeking additional equipment to be owned by the bidder was also modified because more streets have to be surveyed and we wanted them to own a compression testing machine for better quality check,” said an official. The consultant will be paid Rs 11.5 core for the job.

                      Jayaram Venkatesan, convenor of Arappor Iyakkam said at while the GCC can cancel the tenders for adminsitrative purposes at any time, the conditions being changed should be checked. “Earlier in the past, they had always modified conditions to fix tenders. In this case, it needs to be checked,” he said.

                      Chief engineer, S Rajendiram told TOI that the role of the consultant does begin at the site when the concrete mix is prepared. “However this is an emergency work. Earlier the drains were handed over to the storm water drain department that had no manpower to inspect the work. We have now decentralised the entire process to the zonal level. More than 100 engineers will monitor the work. Also, we want to ensure that the project management consultants have the appropriate manpower. In the case of Mambalam canal and other projects, we found through IIT experts that the detailed project was not up to the mark. So, we will use institutions and other experts and not bank just on the PMC,” he said.









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