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40 mini-trucks for waste disposal

Under Swacch Bharat funds, the city Corporation gets a shot in the arm for solid waste management; Nearly 60,000 households to be covered with these additional vehicles .
WITH the manual collection of domestic and commercial waste in the door-to-door collection process taking lot of time for the city Corporation to complete the Solid Waste Management (SWM) tasks on a daily basis, the civic body has inducted 40 mini-trucks to clear the waste collection more effectively. The vehicles were flagged off by the State Tourism Minister Vellamandi N Natarajan and Backward Class Welfare Minis-ter S Valarmathi in the presence of Corporation Commissioner N Ravichandran at the Corporation office on Sunday. With this induction, official sources said that as many as 60,000 households would be covered in an hour on any given day to complete the collections. Ever since the civic body implement-ed segregated waste collection
process which involves wet waste collection all through the week except on Wednesday, the day designated for collecting only non-biodegradable dry waste, the demand for both vehicles and sanitary workers to collect the waste from doorsteps shot up. Apart from the 56 existing vehicles of the Corporation, including 14 hired mini load vans, that were used in the dry waste collection, the need for waste collection vehicles was constant-ly increasing. The Corporation, through Swachh Bharat funds for the financial year 2016-17, procured 40 mini-trucks (Light Motor Vehicles) worth Z2 crore for addressing the shortage of vehicles to ensure timely collection of waste. "Since the Corporation had been hiring a few private vehicles for door-to-door waste collection, we had thought of pur-chasing new vehicles through
Swachh Bharat funds as the vehicles would be aiding us to re-cycle the daily waste generated by the city. These 90 vehicles altogether can collect 126 metric tonnes of waste per day in city limits from at least 60,000 house-holds," an official source with the Corporation said. The 40 vehicles have the capacity to collect about 40 per cent of the 930 metric tonnes of solid waste generated by the city each day. They can move the waste to the 12 micro-compost yards involved in producing compost from the domestic waste. Officials added that the induction of 90 mini- load vehicles is a shot in the arm for the urban civic body to recycle the domes-tic waste as the Corporation thus far has generated 216.93 lakh by recycling around 770 metric tonnes of non-bio degradable waste from the various zones in the city.
source: epaper.newindianexpress.com//c/21154221 

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