Chennai: Civic body to outsource waste collection in more areas

The Headquarters of Chennai Municipal Corporation, Ripon Building

The Greater Chennai Corporation plans to outsource waste collection in parts of Northern Chennai to a private collection agency.

With the exception of Tondiarpet, Royapuram, Thiru Vi Ka Nagar, and Anna Nagar, 11 of the city’s 15 zones have already outsourced waste collection. Urbaser Sumeet manages eight zones in south and central Chennai, while Ramky Enviro (now called Resustainable) manages three in north Chennai.

The civic body has reportedly requested a feasibility report for solid waste collection and transportation for the two zones. Localities such as Old Washermenpet, Royapuram, Pulianthope, Vepery, and parts of Egmore stand to benefit if the proposal is approved, according to officials. The consultant will also be in charge of conducting studies for the establishment of an integrated solid waste management facility at the Kodungaiyur dumpyard. The study’s context will include a waste-to-energy plant, a composting system, a leachate treatment plant, sanitary landfill facilities, and the modernization of waste transfer stations in the zones of Tondiarpet, Royapuram, Tiruvika Nagar, and Anna Nagar.

Out of the 6,000 tonnes of waste produced in the city each day, nearly 1,000 tonnes come from Royapuram and Tiru Vi Ka Nagar, reports The Times of India

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