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Rickshaws join the garbage fleet

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation's garbage disposal fleet is getting more 'innovative' with the addition of the smallest wheels available - rickshaws. Ritam Halder reports.

india Updated: Jun 27, 2013 23:42 IST
Ritam Halder

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation's garbage disposal fleet is getting more 'innovative' with the addition of the smallest wheels available - rickshaws.

The civic body has procured 375 new garbage collecting rickshaws which will collect waste door-to-door from colonies where auto-tippers cannot enter because of congestion. With garbage-carrying capacity of a tonne each, these rickshaws would be a welcome relief for South Delhi residents who are plagued by irregular garbage collection and overflowing vats.

"In areas and colonies where it is difficult to take bigger vehicles, these rickshaws will be deputed. Each of these have a capacity of 400 cubic litres and can carry 1 tonne garbage and will be seen in South Delhi within 15-20 days," SDMC spokesperson Mukesh Yadav told Hindustan Times.

Yadav said each of these green-coloured rickshaws will have a serial number, name of the driver and his mobile number written on it. "Residents can lodge their complaints against errant operators, call the driver if he is late and monitor the daily garbage collection in their locality," he said, adding that the rickshaws have been procured at an approximate cost of R30,000 each.

The corporation already has 218 auto-tippers, 47 trucks and 10 loaders in its garbage disposal fleet other than the machinery used by contractors in areas where garbage collection has been outsourced. "We are also getting 80 more trucks, the preamble for which has already been approved," a senior South corporation official said.

The civic body on Thursday also launched a Monsoon Emergency Plan 2013, through which it has started new helplines in four zones to register complaints regarding waterlogging, fallen trees, blockage of drains and any other problem related to sanitation.

"The Monsoon Emergency Plan 2013 booklet, which is uploaded on the official website, has telephone numbers of important control rooms of related government institutions and organisations and mobile numbers of beat officers," leader of the House Subhash Arya said.