Before the month ends, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will be employing mechanical sweepers on the city roads to clean them up.
Leader of the House, Subhash Arya, has said that on September 26, the civic body will inaugurate 28 mechanical sweepers and by February next year, the total number of such machines will be increased to 50.
"The machines will be maintained by three private companies and will clean 1,200km of road every day. We will have 28 mechanical sweepers this month. Another 22 will be brought in by next year," Arya said. He also added that the machines will be brought in from Germany, the parts of which will be assembled in Delhi.
For the job, the 12 zones of the MCD have been divided into two equal parts based on the width of the roads. The roads that are wider than 100ft —South zone, Najafgarh, Karol Bagh, West zone, Rohini and Narela Zone — form Group 1. For the above six zones that have 132.81 km of roads, five mechanical sweepers will be deployed.
Central zone, City, Sadar Paharganj, Shahdara (South), Shahdara (North) and Civil Lines zones form Group 2. They have a total road of 113.40 km that are more than 100ft in width. These roads will get four mechanical sweepers.
After the sweepers are brought in, all roads which are 60m or above in width will be cleaned using these sweepers. The smaller roads and alleys will still be cleaned by regular ground staff. The NDMC last month had also procured two mechanical sweepers to clean the roads of Lutyen's Delhi.
The contract of all four categories have been given separately to contractors for a period of seven years. The companies will charge between Rs907 and Rs1,124 for each kilometre of road cleaned. The plan to use mechanical sweepers was first floated by the MCD in 2008 in order to get roads cleaned more effectively and faster. While the civic body was looking for its implementation by the CWG, the project was delayed.