A beach- cleaning machine, procured from Germany, will make cleaning of Girgaum Chowpatty in south Mumbai much easier. The machine that was obtained by a civic body-appointed contractor will help clean the 2.25-km shore in four hours.
Costing Rs 42 lakh, the machine has a six-inch blade that pierces into the sand and collects waste.
The beach-cleaning machine has a six-inch blade that pierces into the sand and collects waste. (HT photo)
The waste is then put into container of the machine, while the sand flows out through the filter.
The machine will help clean 1.25 lakh sqm of area. The cleaning of the remaining 1 lakh sqm will be carried out manually.
“We had a cleaning machine earlier too, but this is much faster. It also works on wet sand and helps remove waste that comes on the shore from sea water,” said Vishwas Gurav, assistant engineer, solid waste management department.
“It will reduce the manual collection of waste from each point,” said Gurav.
The machine, however, can be used only when there are few people on the beach as it throws out a lot of dust.
“It is being used twice a day. It can be used only when there is too much garbage on a stretch. It does not remove the waste which is deep inside the sand,” said a worker at the beach.
Around 12 labourers have been deployed for cleaning the beach and 20 dustbins have been kept at every 70m to 100m.
Around 6,000kg of waste is collected from the Girgaum Chowpatty every day.