The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) will procure two mobile maintenance vans for carrying out patch work of roads, covering manholes without lids, repairing footpaths and cleaning blocked drains.
The corporation hopes that these vans will expedite the maintenance procedure.
"These problems can be sorted out without assigning any big budget. These vans will carry out low cost maintenance work.
“People often complain that it takes months for the corporation to put lids on open manholes and fill potholes. Through these vans, we'll be providing immediate solutions to minor civic problems in our area," said SS Yadav, commissioner, EDMC.
The EDMC will modify normal trucks into repair vans. They will carry all necessary equipments, masons and a small team of labourers.
According to EDMC officials, the cost of converting a truck into a maintenance vehicle will be around R5 lakh.
"Converting a normal six-tyre truck into a maintenance van from a local workshop will cost us somewhere between R 4 and 5 lakh.
The cabin size will be increased to accommodate more people and racks will also be installed to keep equipments safely. It will be a modern van," said a senior EDMC official.
A mobile phone will also be given to the van in-charge. The number will be painted on the vans and will be flashed on the corporation's website so that people can call in case of any emergency such as open manholes or clogged drains.
The corporation will also advertise phone numbers through hoardings and billboards in east Delhi. The mobile maintenance van service will be functional by the end of this month.
"We'll be converting normal trucks into maintenance vans. A small team of masons and labourers will carry out the maintenance work. This is a pilot project and we'll be gauging the response before launching a full-fledged service," Yadav said.
If successful, the corporation will outsource the service to a private agency and will launch a call centre service where the mobile maintenance vans will operate on the lines of other emergency services.