Ariyalur, Feb 18, The District management has plans to launch solid waste management in 119 village panchayats, with the twin objective of using plastic waste and making the farm lands richer with natural manure.
Under the scheme, the waste would be separated into bio-degradable and non-degradable wastes. Plastics would be convered into granules that could be used for road formation, while the degradable wastes would be used for promoting vermin compost.
The administration had appointed 220 'Thoomai Kavalars' (Clean environment protectors), who would be paid under Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee scheme.The vermi compost would help panchayats earn revenue also. According to collector Saravanaselvaraj, the scheme was successful in 25 panchayats where it had been implemented.
The proposed phase would cover 1,57,353 households in 580 cluster habitations.More 'Thoomai Kavalars' would be appointed for this work.They would be engaged in segregation and vermi compost yard works. The Keelapalur Panchayat Level Federation has been provided with plastic shredding machine at a cost of Rs 2,74,050. Saraswathi Ganesan, Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency, said seven roads have been relaid by using plastic.