The GCC or Greater Chennai Corporation is having superb plans to convert the Kodungaiyur based garbage dump area into a green park. An amount of Rs 648.83 cr would be spent for this work.
It is noteworthy that Chennai landfill at perungudi is spread over a vast area of 225.16 acres. In Chennai from several zones like Teynampet, Kodambakkam, Alandur, Adyar, Perungudi and Sholinganallur etc, garbage gets dumped at the Kodungaiyur landfill.
As the dumping of garbage has been going on for the last 36 years, there is now 34.02 lakhs cubic metres of garbage here. The Chennai Corporation has been excavating the garbage at a cost of Rs 350.65 crores by bio-mining method and the land is being recovered. Sixty five percent of the work has been completed now and the full work would get over by April 2024.
In the next step, the GCC would be involved in removal of solid waste from the Kodungaiyur dump yard. This has been a long standing demand of the people from north Chennai is known. It must be noted that the Kodungaiyur landfill covers an area of 342.91 acres. For more than 40 years, garbage has been dumped in an area of 252 acres. Currently, the garbage from several zones like Thiruvottriyur, Manali, Madhavaram. Tondiarpet, Royapuram, Thiru Vi Ka Nagar, Ambattur etc get dumped here.
There is now 55.52lakhs cubic metres of garbage piled like a mountain here. Truth is that the chemical nature of the groundwater has become more now due to the continuous dumping of waste here.This huge issue must be solved completely. According to the advice from experts at IIT-Madras, Anna University, GCC has announced tenders in 6 packages for the excavation and recovery of Kodungaiyur garbage dump by bio-mining process.
It is worthy to note that for this above work Rs 160 cr has been allocated as the central govt fund, Rs 102 cr as state govt fund, Rs 378 cr as GCC funds etc for a huge amount of Rs 648.83 crores. By this, 251.9 acres of land would be recovered.
As per the chief engineer of GCC Mr. Mahesan the Perungudi land fill would be reclaimed by the next year and 100 acres of green park would be set up. Facilities for waste recycling would be set up in the remaining sites. He added that by 2026 the Kodungaiyur dump yard would be recovered and a green park plus facilities for handling garbage etc would be established.