Friday, February 24, 2006

BMP looking at sweeper machines

BMP looking at sweeper machines
New Indian Express

BANGALORE: Machines could soon be sweeping Bangalore roads. The Bangalore Mahanagara Palike is looking at mechanised sweepers, each of which costs Rs 1 crore.

Taking a cue from the Delhi Municipal Corporation, the BMP is considering sweepers that can cover large stretches quickly. Distributors of the equipment are expected to meet BMP officers on Friday.

The sweeping vehicle has been on display at the ‘Clean India Show’ at Kanteerava Stadium and BMP officers were reportedly impressed with its performance.

The road cleaning machine is currently being used by Delhi Municipal Corporation to clean that city’s outer ring roads. Jindal steel plants at Bellary and Hissar are also using these vehicles to sweep their campuses.

A vehicle which costs about Rs 1 crore sweeps 10 km in an hour. Apart from sucking smaller particles, the vehicle picks up bigger material like stones, plastic bags and garbage. The vehicle also sweeps footpaths and sideways with the help of circular brooms.

“Since cities in India are witnessing continuous increase in vehicular traffic, speed sweeping has become necessary. That is where these vehicles prove vital. This vehicle can be used during the night hours also,” said Ajay Katara of Lion Services, who provides sweeper vehicle services in India.

These vehicles are also economically viable and roads are cleaned quickly, said Sumeet Khurana of Western Floor, distributors of the sweeper vehicle in India.

He said many state governments were showing interest in buying these vehicles. Rajasthan and Chattisgarh governments are keen, he said.


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