ANDHRA PRADESH

GMC acquires 10 garbage autos

Staff Reporter

Manually driven rickshaws/tricycles to be phased out

GUNTUR: For the first time in Andhra Pradesh garbage hoppers fixed to autorickshaws have been introduced in Guntur Municipal Corporation to phase out the manually driven rickshaws/tricycles.

The GMC to improve the speed of garbage collection and to reduce the human intervention in the process had requisitioned 10 autorickshaw-mounted garbage hoppers that are like mini tippers. Out of the 10 five were delivered to the GMC on Monday and the remaining would be delivered next week. These would be used for lifting of garbage from places closer to commercial establishments like hotels, hostels and local vegetable markets so that faster removal of garbage could be attained with minimum deployment of manpower. The garbage lifter is operated with hydraulic jacks.

Each vehicles costs Rs.2.40 lakh and all of them were sanctioned by the State Government under 12th Finance Commission Funds in addition to 5 dumper placers and 75 dumper bins, which would also be arriving in the city within a week. Out of the 1600 locations identified for concrete dustbins, only 1200 had any kind of bin, and of them 130 were dumper bins and carrying the 350 mt. of garbage from these bins is done by seven dumper placers and 36 tractors.

Meanwhile, Municipal Commissioner Siddhartha Jain in an appeal to citizen has asked them pay the current year’s First Half property tax by December 1 to avoid penalty and also those issued with II half-yearly demand for 2007-08 have been asked to pay by December 15 to avoid penal interest. The GMC has decided to come out with a poster to increase the awareness among managements of hostels, hotels and others to fully comply with the fire safety measures, wherever applicable.

At a stakeholders’ meeting here on Monday, the Commissioner appealed to them to begin implementing all measures.

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