Students give SWM proposal for Chantaru GP

Students who developed blocks from laterite soil

A team of final year civil engineering students of Shri Madhwa Vadiraja Institute of Technology and Management have suggested an integrated solid waste management system for Chantharu gram panchayat of Udupi district.

Solid waste management is a part of public health and sanitation, and according to the Indian Constitution, falls within the purview of the state list.

Since this activity is non-rivalled and essential, the responsibility for providing the service lies within the public domain.

Local nature

The activity being of a local nature is entrusted to the urban local bodies. The urban local body undertakes the task of solid waste service delivery, with its own staff, equipment and funds. In a few cases, a part of the said work is contracted out to private enterprises.

There has been no major effort to create community awareness, either about the likely perils due to poor waste management or the simple steps that every citizen can take, which will help in reducing waste generation and promote effective management of solid waste generated.

The degree of community sensitisation and public awareness is low. There is no system of segregation of organic, inorganic and recyclable wastes at the household level.

The proposed door to door collection system of waste will be very effective in the sanitation aspect and the main focus is given to socio-economic concern.

The students who proposed this concept are Asha, Vinod Naik, Raghu and Anusha under the guidance of Assistant Professor Nishitha J D’Souza.

Blocks from laterite soil

A team of final year civil engineering students of Shri Madhwa Vadiraja Institute of Technology and Management, Bantakal, made a research project on quarry waste lateritic soil and came up with improved strength and water absorption of blocks.

In Laterite quarries nearly 20% of the soil waste generated pose a problem of disposal. The blocks were made with quarry waste lateritic soil, iron silicates and geopolymer solution.

Geopolymer is an environmentally friendly ‘green’ binder. Stabilised geopolymer lateritic block will reduce the amount of cement used in the global building process and consequently the amount of carbon dioxide emitted and the energy used for construction.

These blocks also improve the aesthetic appearance and thermal comfort of the building. The blocks were manufactured from secondary materials and are part of the green building technology.

Aziz, Anujna, Revathi and Acharya Pavan were the students who worked on this project under the guidance of Assistant Professor Roshan S Kotian.

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