Civic body to buy Euro-IV garbage collection vehicles

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is set to shell out Rs 26.4 crore for procurement of its first batch of Euro-IV garbage compactors. The move comes after a delay of over two years in the procurement of upgraded environment-friendly garbage collection vehicles.

"By June 13 there will be enough compactor vehicles for garbage collection. We have finalised on Kam-Avida Enviro Engineers Pvt Ltd to provide with TATA vehicles for the first batch of 69 vehicles. These vehicles have a capacity of transporting six metric tonne garbage at a time," said said Additional Municipal Commissioner Mohan Adtani, in charge of solid waste management.

The proposal for awarding the tender will now be placed before the civic administration's standing committee for approval.

At present there are roughly 450 Euro III compactors when there is a demand for almost 600 compactors for the city. Life expectancy of old vehicles to be replaced with the first batch of EURO IV vehicles ended in 2012.

Last year, the city, which daily produces 6,500 metric tonne waste, faced a chronic shortage of about 300 garbage collection vehicles on account of an HC order that mandated use of Euro IV vehicles.

Presently 30 per cent of the total number of garbage vehicles is supplied by the BMC and the rest are rented by contractors.

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