Ghaziabad: To strengthen the door-to-door solid waste collection initiative officials of the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) said they will soon procure more vehicles over and above the 80 they have now. Private firms will also be roped in to cover the remaining 35 wards.With the launch of the scheme on Sunday, solid waste from 65 of 100 residential wards here will be collected every day from the residents’ doorstep.“The vehicles have been procured with funds set aside for infrastructure and also from the 14th Finance Commission. The work of collecting garbage in the remaining 35 wards will be awarded to private firms and tenders will be floated soon,” municipal commissioner CP Singh said.With the induction of 80 new hopper tipper vehicles on Sunday, the corporation now has a fleet of 94 such vehicles, along with 200 tricycles and handcarts. The latter will be used in areas where lanes are too narrow for the movement of motorized vehicles.“The corporation has also procured 10 new refuse compactors which crush and reduce the size of the collected waste. Twenty new large tipper vehicles have also been purchased for daily solid waste collection,” the municipal commissioner said.“All these vehicles will help us in transportation and segregation of solid waste in a covered manner. Heaps of solid waste can be seen on roadsides, and it also falls from vehicles while it is being transported to the landfill site,” Singh added.The vehicles will blow a siren to alert residents that the garbage vehicles have arrived in their residential area and the solid waste should be set out.Under the scheme, the corporation will also distribute green and blue garbage collection bins to nearly 1 lakh households. The bins will facilitate segregation of garbage at home before it is handed over to the collection vehicles.Further, to reduce dust on roads, the corporation has procured four new dust cleaning vehicles which will have water sprinkler and suction system. This will help clean the roads without blowing the dust around on roads, where it settles along its length and reduces the motorable area. Hung dust in the atmosphere also affects air quality and residents’ health.“The vehicles have been purchased directly from the company and this has helped us save funds. More vehicles will be purchased for future requirement to collect and process the city’s solid waste daily. The door-to-door collection scheme will cover majority of residential colonies in Sahibabad,” Singh said.The major localities which benefit from the door-to-door scheme collection are Vasundhara, Vaishali, Surya Nagar, Chander Nagar, Rampuri, Mohan Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Rajendra Nagar, Shaheed Nagar, Model Town, Gandhi Nagar, Rakesh Marg, Nehru Nagar, Lohiya Nagar, Patel Nagar and Kavi Nagar.