Now, main streets of the city would be cleaned during night time by mechanical road sweeping machine. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has received two such machines under the Central Government’s National Clean Gas Programme.
Dayashankar Tiwari, the Mayor, dedicated both the machines at a function held at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Variety Square on the night of Thursday. Manisha Dhawde, Deputy Mayor, Avinash Thakre, Ruling Party Leader, Tanaji Wanve, Opposition Leader, Ram Joshi, Addl Municipal Commissioner, Mahesh (Sanjay) Mahajan, Chairman of Medical Health Committee, Sunil Hiranwar, Chairman of Dharampeth zone, Sunil Agrawal, Pragati Patil, Varsha Thakre, Rupa Rai, Dr Parinita Fuke, Ujjwala Sharma, all Corporators, Prakash Warade, Asstt Commissioner, Dr Gajendra Mahalle, Nodal Officer of Solid Waste Management Department, and others were present on the occasion.
Tiwari performed pooja of the machines and felicitated both the drivers. He said that this was the big step for cleaning the roads. This machine will clean garbage on the roads and by the side of dividers that created problems to road users. The cleansing work would be taken up during night time and hence there would not be any inconvenience to traffic, he added.
While giving information about the machine, Dr Mahalle said that NMC purchased two machines for Rs 90 lakh out of Centre’s funds. Mechanical road sweeping machine is fitted on a truck having engine capacity of 5005 cc and the brush in the central side with 1500 mm length and two brushes at the both sides with 600 diameter would clean the roads. The machine will groom dust and it is deposited in the container with the help of vacuum pipe in the central place. The capacity of the container is to store 6.5 cubic metre of dust. The machine can clean a road at the rate of 10 to 12 km speed per hour and it can clean 3.50 metre road at a time. A high suction pump is fitted at the back side of the machine that sucks pile of garbage, coconuts etc which is then released, Dr Mahalle pointed out.