Quick Win Projects in Coimbatore
The public transport fleet of more than 900 diesel buses (public and private) and the increasing vehicle population in the City contribute to the usually observed moderate air quality in Coimbatore. More than 70000 vehicles were registered in the year 2015- 16. Based on figures that were estimated in the GHG emissions inventory, prepared under the CapaCITIES project for 2015-16, the transport sector in Coimbatore consumes 60% of total energy consumption in the City, corresponding to 43% of economy wide GHG emissions. Therefore, it is important for the City
to continuously monitor air quality and consider corrective measures to ensure good air quality at all times.
The City, with support from the Capacities project, has decided to monitor air quality at 4 locations in the City:
- CCMC Town Hall
- East Zone office
- West Zone office
- Master Service Reservoir Office on Sathy Road
A digital display board that would continuously report data from all the 4 sensors has been installed at the Town hall of Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation.
2. SUNYA – Towards Zero Waste
Solid waste management system has been identified as a fragile urban system in Coimbatore that is likely to be impacted adversely by the changing climate. Currently the waste management system in Coimbatore consists of door to door collection of waste and final disposal in the treatment and disposal plant at Vellalore. However, the waste collection is not segregated to the fullest extent, although the city has been trying to encourage segregation at source. The Vellalore plant is not functioning to the fullest extent possible, and there is a large open dump in and around the plant resulting from the period when the plant was not functioning due to financial issues. A large amount of mixed waste is dumped in the disposal site that needs to be moved to an old dumpsite and the dumpsite needs to be capped scientifically.
While a lot of work needs to be done at the central processing and treatment level for the system, the city also recognizes that decentralized systems of solid waste management can help to reduce, reuse and recycle waste can be a big support to the system as a whole. One such initiative was undertaken very successfully already in the city in ward number 23, where 100% segregated waste collection has been achieved and dry waste is recycled while the segregated wet waste is treated in the Vellalore plant. This successful pilot has been extended to two more wards – Ward 22 and 24, under CapaCITIES.