Civic bosses are preparing to purchase machines which “can boldly go where no man has gone before.
The Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) isn’t however planning to embark on a space odyssey. Its machines will be focussed on a task decidedly less stratospheric; cleaning up alleys.
Health department has rolled out a proposal to buy robots for cleaning the filth and muck-filled back lanes that sanitation workers, despite repeated exhortations, are reluctant to enter.
“We have decided to buy four robots (automated machines) to clean up back lanes. Tender documents for supplying the machines are being prepared and will be published in a day or two,” said Mayor-in- Council (MiC) member in charge of Health department Munnalal Yadav.
He, however, refuted allegations that the IMC was forced to rely on machines due to sanitation workers’ intransigence. “The back lanes are too narrow and cannot be approached by dumpers or JCBs so we decided to use robots,” he said.
Back lanes in scores of localities even in the supposedly posh areas of the city are piled high with refuse, leftovers, polythene bags and other flotsam-jetsam of urban living.
The situation is even worse in areas like Chandan Nagar where residents have raised the plinth level of their houses so that the structures stay above the filth which runs freely onto the streets during the rains.
Apart from the robots the Corporation has also decided to procure two vehicles for rounding up the everincreasing number of strays that roam the city roads, an ambulance to ferry wounded animals to the nearest veterinary hospital and 10 small vehicles for collecting garbage at the ward-level. Also on the purchase anvil is a vehicle that will be used by the meat inspection unit.