Bathinda starts trial run for door-to-door garbage collection

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BATHINDA: The Municipal Corporation of Bathinda (MCB) started the trial run for collecting door-to-door garbage through mini-tippers in a few areas of Bathinda.

Garbage collection work started in Model Town, Civil Lines and a few other areas of the city. MCB has hired four mini-tippers from JITF Company. MCB plans to collect garbage from households in mini-tippers and transport it directly to the solid waste plant. Garbage collectors in these areas urged residents to keep dry and wet garbage separately.

The civic body plans to make Bathinda a bin-free city by removing secondary garbage collection points.

The MCB has proposed that one mini-tipper is required for 1,200 households. The civic body needs 40 mini-tippers to cover 47,000 units. Six additional stand-by mini-tippers are required that can be used when any of the machines are damaged.

The MCB has made an estimate of Rs 2.94 crore for purchasing 46 mini-tippers. MCB has also planned to provide a material recovery facility so that plastic, wood, glass, paper and clothes can be separated and be kept in different chambers.

The civic body has planned to set up its own workshop for the maintenance of these vehicles.

Sandeep Gupta, Executive Engineer said, “We have planned to install global positioning system (GPS) on all these vehicles and we will also set up a monitoring room in our office, which will watch the movement of these vehicles.”

“Apart from this, hooters will also be installed on these vehicles. On hearing it, residents could come out and throw garbage in the vehicles. Earlier, our workers had to wait for the people to come out.”

Dr Rishipal Singh, Municipal Commissioner said, “We have thoroughly worked on this plan and we have already begun its trial run. Now, after opening the tender of purchase of new 46 mini-tippers, we will soon start this project in the entire city in the coming days.”

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