Friday, November 02, 2007

BBMP brings in sweeping changes to keep city clean

BBMP brings in sweeping changes to keep city clean

Bangalore: After using the latest technology to build road underpasses, the BBMP has added another timesaving innovation to its list. Henceforth, some major roads will be cleaned using mechanical sweeping machines. BBMP administrator Dilip Rau and commissioner Subramanya launched this programme on Thursday. Four such machines will take to the roads and their numbers will increase if the programme is feasible and successful.
The machine has sweeper brushes on either side, apart from the centre. It has has a side arm to clean footpaths and drains, while the vacuum suction collects the waste.
The container capacity is 1,500 litres and 3 to 5 km can be sweeped per hour. The vehicles have been procured from TPS Manufacturing and Infrastructure Corporation, New Delhi, at a cost of Rs 49 lakh per machine.
The programme aims to reduce manual handling of waste and keeping health hazards at bay.
In the first phase, the machines will be used to clean roads from Airport Road to MG Road, Cubbon Road to Mehkri Circle, including Race Course Road, Ambedkar Veedhi and Nrupathunga Road.
The second phase includes Central Silk Board junction via the roads from Town Hall to Mysore Road junction. Richmond Road flyover and Sirsi Circle flyover will be covered.
A total of 300 km — inclusive of medians and kerbs — will be covered and roads will be cleaned twice a day from 11 pm to 2 am and 11 am to 2 pm.


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