Patna: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) is set to get mechanical sweeping machines to clean city roads with a proposal regarding purchase of six road sweeping machines ready to be put up in the standing committee’s meeting of the corporation scheduled on April 20.
At present, cleaning of the roads is done manually by labourers engaged by the civic body. PMC mayor Sita Sahu confirmed that once purchased, the state-of-the-art mechanical sweeping machines would be used in the cleanliness work of the roads in the second shift of the cleanliness work.
“In the first shift, the labourers would work as it is even after the procurement of the machines. Only in the second shift of the cleanliness work (from 2pm to 10pm), the sweeping machines would be used. The manpower would be diverted to other works in the second shift mainly in the inner lanes of the various localities and maintenance of their cleanliness,” said Sahu.
The corporation has already got these advanced cleaning machine tested during last year’s Prakash Utsav celebrations when PMC had hired two road sweeping machines worth around Rs 40 lakh each from Phulwarisharif and Biharsharif Nagar Parishad, respectively, and had cleaned the city roads with them.
Residents, along with the huge number of Sikh devotees who had taken part in the Utsav, had lauded the cleanliness drive initiated by the corporation.
“We would first try to get the nod of the proposal from the standing committee. After the standing committee gives its nod, the proposal would be put in the board’s meeting and then to the urban development department to get a final nod,” said Sahu.
The PMC also has plans to collaborate with a private agency which is supposed to collect garbage from residents’ houses and later would work for converting the garbage into biogas and diesel production, added Sahu.
Courtesy: The Telegraph