Coimbatore receives Rs 70 cr from Centre under SBM

Coimbatore junction. Picture Credit: Ragunathan, CC BY-SA 4.0

The Centre has allocated Rs 70 crore to the Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) under the Swachh Bharat Mission’s Solid Waste Management fund.

The civic body intends to use this fund to improve solid waste management through various projects such as the Construction & Demolition (C&D) waste plant, waste to energy plant, and so on. The civic body will also purchase 200 CNG mini-trucks for waste collection, outfitted with GPS devices to aid in tracking and collecting various types of waste from people at their doorstep, reports The New Indian Express.

In an interview with TNIE, CCMC Commissioner M Prathap stated that the civic body has already submitted proposals for projects worth Rs 30 crore to the central government for approval.

As part of the project, the CMCC will purchase machinery for the micro compost centres (MCC) for Rs 2.5 cr in order to streamline waste segregation before transporting it to the Vellalore dump yard. Only six of the 33 MCCs built across the city as part of the Smart City projects are currently underway.

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