The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to use a mechanical broom to clean roads in the eastern suburbs. It has finalised an amount of Rs28 crore for the contract that it will offer to the agency that will clean the roads for the next five years. The proposal will be tabled before the standing committee for final approval on Wednesday.
The civic body is already using mechanical brooms to clean roads in BKC (Bandra-Kurla Complex), SCLR (Santacruz-Chembur Link Road), Western Express Highway and Eastern Freeway for a couple of years now. Civic officials said the idea behind using these brooms is to keep the roads with busy traffic clean 24 hours.
A senior civic official from the solid waste management department (SWM) said, “The mechanised broom used in BKC, SCLR and Eastern Freeway is running successfully. Leaders from all political parties have agreed to the idea of using the brooms. So, we are awarding road cleaning contracts in the island city and its western suburbs.”
According to the contract, the operators will purchase and operate the brooms. The contractor will be paid Rs 2,700 per day for every kilometre. This is, however, not the first time that the BMC is resorting to technology to clean.
In 2007, when Shiv Sena corporator Shubha Raul was the mayor, the BMC had purchased 20 high tech brooms at the cost of Rs3 crore for road cleaning. However, it was barely used and is now parked at a municipal garage in Santacruz.
Chief Engineer (SWM), Siraj Ansari was not available for comment.