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Waste segregated at Pirana dump site to be used to build highways

The waste segregated from the Pirana dump site in Ahmedabad is being used in the construction of highways under the Dholera Project and Phase II of Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project, the state government said on Wednesday.

“The need to clear the dumpsite was felt for a very long time due to the health and environmental hazards it posed for the people around it. The unbearable stench and toxic fumes had a widespread effect. It caused hurdles not only to people dwelling around the dumpsite but also the commuters as it was situated at an interlink between major crossroads,” the government said in a statement.

It added that considering the perils around the dump site, the government initiated the Pirana Bio-Mining Project to convert waste into usable compost and at the same time, ensure a healthy environment for the people.

Trommel machines, with a capacity of segregating 300 tonne of waste a day, were brought in March to the dump site. Currently, 60 Trommel machines of 300 TPD (tonne per day) capacity, 11 automated segregation machines of 1,000 TPD capacity, 63 excavators and 267 Hyva trucks are being used for waste segregation, the government said.

These machines are used to separate materials such as soil, cloth, plastic, iron and wood, among others, from the waste. After segregation, the waste is then crushed and turned into compost and other reusable materials, the statement added.

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“The waste segregated from the Pirana dump site is viable in generating revenue for the government. About 70 per cent of inert material is also obtained from the waste. Currently, it is being used in the construction of highways under the Dholera Project and phase 2 of the Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project,” it said.

For the last three months, 30,000 metric tonne of waste have been processed daily at the site. The site with an area of 85 acre contains more than 1.25 lakh metric tonne of waste that was dumped in the last four decades. At present, 35 acre have been cleared by processing the waste into compost and other usable materials, the government said.

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“People are breathing a sigh of relief as 95 lakh metric tonne of waste have been cleared at the landfill. This land is priced around Rs 2,200 crore. This unique project today is looked upon and followed by representatives from Kerala, Hyderabad, Pune, Faridabad, Kolkata and Coimbatore, who have visited the site to study the waste management model,” the release said.

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