Coimbatore is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu, situated on the banks of the river Noyyal surrounded by the Western Ghats. Often referred to as the Manchester of South India, it is one of the fastest growing cities in India and is a major hub for textiles, industries, commerce, education, information technology, healthcare, and manufacturing. There are a number of cotton production and textile industries located in and around the city.

Coimbatore city has a warm and humid climate with the summer months from March to May seeing hot and humid days when maximum temperatures can reach 38°C or more. The temperature starts to dip from the month of August towards the end of the winter season, though minimum winter temperatures remain above 18°C.

As the city is surrounded by the Western Ghats, it benefits from the South-West monsoon rainfall between June to August. After a warm and humid September, rainfall is brought in by the retreating North-East monsoon from October and can last until early November. The average annual rainfall received by the city is around 700 mm.

Population: 1,050,721 (2011 Census)

Area: 257 sq. km

No. of wards: 100

Gender ratio: 997/1000 males

Literacy rate: 91%

The CapaCITIES project supported Coimbatore city to develop a GHG Emission Inventory and a Climate Resilient City Action Plan (CRCAP) in 2018 which was approved by the city council in February 2019. The project also implemented quick win (pilot) projects to showcase best practices in sectors like Solid Waste Management, Air Quality and Mobility, details of which can be found below.

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Quick-win Projects

Decentralized Solid Waste Management System at Selected Wards in Coimbatore

CapaCITIES project team implemented the SUNYA – Zero Waste Wards initiative in ward no. 22 and 24 of Coimbatore which successfully achieved 100% household level source segregation of biodegradable waste.

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Status: Completed in Phase 1

Sector: Solid Waste Management

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Installation of Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations in Coimbatore(AAQMS)

Four Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations and a digital display board that would continuously report data from all the 4 sensors were installed at the Town hall of Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation.

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Status: Completed in Phase 1

Sector: Air Pollution Monitoring

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Bankable Projects

E-Waste Management Initiated in Coimbatore

Coimbatore generates round 10 TPD of e-waste and the city’s efforts to better manage the informal e-waste was supported by CapaCITIES project through a bankability study on viable business models for e-waste management.

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Status: Report Submitted in Phase 1

Sector: Solid Waste Management

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Operations and Maintenance of Micro Compositing Centers on PPP

Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) was mandated by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to construct Micro-composting centers (MCCs) in various wards of the city.

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Status: Report Submitted in Phase 1

Sector: Solid Waste Management

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200 Tons Organic Waste to Bio CNG Plant on Public Private Partnership

~40% of the total waste generated by the Coimbatore city is dumped in a mixed waste landfill at Vellalore. The project is supporting development of 200 tons waste to Bio CNG facility to process the organic waste on PPP.

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Status: Phase 2 – Under Progress

Sector: Solid Waste Management

Technical Assistance

Assessment of Singanallur Lake to Evaluate the Right Technology for Wastewater Treatment

Assessed the catchment area of Singanallur lake through a survey of the household waste water connections and lake water quality to determine relevant technology for treating the water before it enters the lakes to reduce pollution.

Status: Completed in Phase 1

Strategic Action Plan for Waste Water Management and Treatment in Coimbatore

Under CapaCITIES project, a strategic action plan to reduce emissions from wastewater and to improve wastewater management in Coimbatore.

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Status: Completed in Phase 1

Developed Holistic Solid Waste Management Strategy for City for 2035 in Coimbatore

CapaCITIES project developed a Long-term SWM Strategy for the City as a holistic internal planning and monitoring document for the Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation to reduce GHG emissions from the solid waste management sector through better treatment and scientific disposal of waste.

Status: Completed in Phase 1

Developed a plan for movement of solid waste to the existing dumpsite

The engineering plan for movement of waste from multiple dumps in Vellalore to the old dumpsite was developed, allowing for its scientific closure, thereby reducing GHG emissions. The city had submitted this plan to the National Green Tribunal.

Status: Completed in Phase 1