South India’s 2nd human waste management plant to come up in Coimbatore
COIMBATORE: After launching a slew of projects to recycle plastic, organic and e-waste, the city is all set to set up a human waste management plant.
To be set up jointly by the state government and the Nilgiris-based Keystone Foundation, the plant would process faecal matter and produce compost from it. It will also process the liquid, which drains out, to be used for gardening and irrigation purposes.
The human waste management centre, said to be the second such one in South India, will be set up at Periyanaickenpalayam under the Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme. “The centre will be set up and run by Keystone Foundation. The project is likely to cost us around 2.4 crore and it will be funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,” said Kanakaraj, executive officer, Periayanaickenpalayam panchayat.
Periyanaickenpalayam was chosen as the septic tank system was prevalent there. “There are only two sewage plants in the district — one at Ondipudur and the other at Ukkadam. In Periyanaickenpalayam, there are no sewage treatment plants or main drainage lines. We chose this town panchayat because the septic tank system is prevalent there,” said Coimbatore North MLA, P R G Arun Kumar. “Trucks periodically empty septic tanks. Though they are supposed to take it to Ukkadam for treatment, they dump it near farms or dried up water bodies,” he said.