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Site Selection for Solid Waste Disposal Using Remote Sensing and GIS Techniques in and around Salem Municipality, Tamil Nadu, India

. Dr.R.Shanmugam, S.Karthik, N.Nithyakumar,. A Gowtham & S.Sivaraj


The present work aims to find out suitable sites for urban solid waste disposal using GIS and Remote sensing and assimilate the data for an integrated study to assess the rainfall, water level, Soil, Geology, geomorphology, land use/land cover, drainage density and lineament density using appropriate methods for Salem Municipality, Tamil Nadu. The outcome generated through the GIS analysis is discussed in this section. Total area in our project including buffer zone covers 31.35 km2. The results show that 14.92 km2 areas are less suitable, 5.27 km2 area is moderate suitable, 11.55 km2 area suitable for dumping waste. Suitable categories are found at the area between Ammapet,Kumaragiri, Maniyanur, Hustampatti and also at Erumapalayam. Determination of suitable sites for the disposal of urban solid waste is one of the major problems in developing countries where the industrial development is adversely affecting the environment. The main environmental issue which should be considered in disposal of hazardous solid waste is the location of its land filling. The proposed method may be used for site selection processes in other conditions and locations where the intensity of introduced parameters shows discrepancies.

Key Words; Solid waste, Remote sensing, buffer zone, environmental issue.

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