BMC to install India’s first underground bins across Mumbai

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Mumbai: After the successful trial of underground garbage bins in South Mumbai, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to install more bins across the city. BMC bins’ installation trial came out with the positive response from the citizens. In February 2019, the BMC installed two underground garbage bins near Mafatlal Club at Girgaum Chowpatty and Cheetah Gate in Fort.

Costing Rs 8 lakh each, these bins have been fit in a 10 square meter space and are of 1.1 cubic meters. Each bin has a holding capacity of 500 kg. It also has separate provisions for wet and dry waste. Ashok Khaire, joint municipal commissioner, Solid Waste Management (SWM) said that the Corporation will buy 44 more dustbins to install in all the wards. “BMC bins installation initiative will bring the city forward towards Swachh Bharat Mission in a smart way,” he said.

For now BMC will setup these bins in four areas of the city. “The underground dustbins will keep the surrounding areas tidy. Successful implementation of this pilot project would help reduce diseases, which arise due to open garbage installations. People have hygiene issues, as they have to raise the top of the bin with bare hands. But this new concept is end to all these issues,” said an official from the SWM.

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