BMC to acquire blast-proof bins

10,000 such bins will be installed at places frequented by VIPs and at tourist spots

BMC is planning to install around 10,000 explosion-proof garbage bins at over 2,500 locations in the city.

Officials said the bins were heavy metal and could endure explosions of any kind. These will be placed in areas frequented by politicians and other VIPs, such as Nariman Point, Zaveri Bazaar, Bhuleshwar, Lower Parel, Girgaum, Dadar and Bandra, said a senior civic official.

The bins will be also installed at various tourist spots.

"These will be dual-mounted, explosion-proof bins. The tender process begins next month," the official said.

Meanwhile, BMC is planning to procure 15,000 bins of 240 litres and 10,000 of 120 litres for dry and wet waste.

The tender process is expected to begin soon.

A BMC official said the bins, estimated to cost around Rs 2,500 each, would be bought from a European company.

Typically, the bins are kept at ward offices and distributed among housing societies by corporators.

We will also install the bins on footpaths/roads outside residential colonies, said the official.

There are over 3,800 garbage collection points in the city and door-to-door collectors appointed by housing societies hand over garbage to vehicles, after which it is brought to the ward check post.

Civic norms mandate there should be a bin every 300 metres, but there are only around 800 in the city.

"We will ensure these bins have the least recycle value to prevent theft," said a senior civic solid waste department official.

In November 2010, a BMC decision to acquire 1,400 community bins at Rs 28,800 each had raised eyebrows. Already, 5,800 such bins have been installed at 3,700 collection points, up from 1,300 in 2007.

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