GHMC plans underground bins

Wed 19 Jun 2019, 12:01:20
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation is intensifying efforts to establish underground garbage bins in the city and instructions have been issued to officials to identify locations for setting up such bins across the city.

GHMC Commissioner M Dana Kishore said the plans were to set up two underground bins in each circle. He instructed the Deputy Commissioners to identify land for the purpose.

Taking a cue from Delhi and Mumbai, GHMC plans to set up the underground garbage bins in association with corporate companies under their corporate social responsibility programme. These bins will be equipped with sensors and operators can track the quantum of garbage dumped in the bins. Once the bin is full, an alert will be issued to the operator, who in turn can direct a driver to empty the bin.

There are over 4,000 conventional garbage bins and over 700 trucks are used to empty these every day. Despite regular clearing by sanitation staff,

places near the conventional garbage bins are mostly unhygienic. Though, the municipal corporation has been planning to set up the underground garbage bins since last couple of years, the project did not take off for reasons better known to the officials.

In 2017, the GHMC standing committee had also approved setting up of these bins under a pilot project in Jubilee Hills and Khairatabad circles. During the standing committee meeting, members wanted similar bins to be established at tourist spots like Charminar and Zoo parks. However, things remained on paper but now are finally appearing to fall in place.

Addressing a programme here on Tuesday, Dana Kishore said additional vehicles were being introduced for garbage collection in the city. “These electric vehicles will be introduced in four months. Stern action will be initiated on people, especially establishments for dumping garbage on roadsides,” he said.

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