Waste management using biomining technology, World Bank team to visit Kureepuzha

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Kureepuzha waste dumping site

Kollam: A World Bank team will visit the Kureepuzha waste dumping site on the banks of Ashtamudi lake to inspect the 'biomining technology' used here for waste management.

The world bank is offering financial aid of Rs 2,300 crore for solid waste management projects worth Rs 3,000 crore under the local self-government department. Another team under the Legislative Assembly Environment and Planning Committee will also visit here on June 22.

The National Green Tribunal had intervened to remove the garbage from Kureepuzha as it lies on the banks of Ashtamudi, which is a Ramsar site with international significance. Kureepuzha is the first outright biomining project at a Ramsar site all over the world and the first of its kind in Kerala.

A survey conducted by the National Institute of Technology in Kozhikode revealed that 1,04,906.88 cubic metres of garbage were dumped in Kureepuzha. In August 2021, the government entrusted Zigma Global Environ Solutions Private Limited with the litter treatment. The company incurs Rs 1,130 for processing one cubic metre of the wastes through biomining technology which is wholly environment friendly. Approximately 500 to 1,000 metric tonnes of waste are being treated at Kureepuzha daily. Though the project began in January and was targeted to be completed in July, the company might require three more months for this. The guidelines for the treatment were issued by the Local Self Government Department, pollution control board, Kollam Corporation's engineering and the health departments.

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