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GMC to buy 15 garbage trucks

Jan. 21: The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) is going to purchase 15 new compactor trucks for better garbage collection in the city.

An official source said the corporation will procure the trucks of 14 cubic metre capacity and the bidding process has already been initiated. He said the trucks were likely to cost around Rs 9 crore.

According to the source, the new compactors trucks would to be pressed into service within the next couple of months. “The trucks will be used for transportation of municipal waste hygienically from the collection point to the landfill site at Paschim Boragaon,” he said.

“Apart from the compactors, the corporation will also procure 225 new metal garbage bins, which will be placed at different locations across the city in order to give it a clean look,” he said.

He said the Guwahati development department was now gradually trying to improve the city’s garbage disposal system, which was in a mess a few years ago. “Though there had been some problems, we hope that that everything will be sorted out within this year,” the source said.

The state government provided funds to the GMC for procurement of the new trucks and garbage bins after the Guwahati Waste Management Company Pvt Ltd — a public-private-partnership joint venture company between GMC and Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited — submitted some proposals before chief minister Tarun Gogoi last year for procurement of these items, among others, to revamp the city’s solid waste management system.

The state government had entrusted the company with the job of managing the municipal solid waste management in 2008.

On an average, the city, which has a population of around 15 lakh, generates approximately 500 metric tonnes of municipal solid waste every day.