Hyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s initiative of introducing e-autos for garbage collection under a pilot project is proving beneficial as these vehicles are facilitating early clearance of the waste from the commercial areas of the city, apart from ensuring lower vehicular emissions.
The municipal corporation in association with Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCI) had launched nine electric autos for garbage collection in different areas of the city in March early this year. Under its corporate social responsibility, PGCI had donated these electric autos worth Rs 22 lakh to the civic body.
To begin with, four electric autos are being used in Khairathabad circle, two in Yousufguda circle and the rest in Begumpet and Musheerabad circles. They are predominantly being used in clearing garbage from the twin bins established on the roadsides in prominent business markets and other areas.
Equipped with a carrying capacity of about 500 kilograms, these vehicles are coming in handy in clearing the garbage in short intervals, especially during festivals and other occasions.
Each municipal circle has about 100 to 150 twin bins installed on the road sides and these e-autos make frequent trips in clearing waste from the bins. This apart, the vehicles can be operated in the narrow lanes of residential localities and slums and collect trash from the areas, said a senior official from GHMC.
The e-auto can be charged in about two hours and operate for over 80 km. Besides aiding in curbing pollution levels, they will help the municipal corporation reduce the operational costs involved in running vehicles for garbage collection. While the running cost of a diesel vehicle is Rs 3 per km, the same for an electric auto is Rs 0.50 per km. The maintenance cost of an electric auto is also very minimal, he pointed out.
The GHMC has been working towards launching e-autos for long and had even planned to take up a pilot project in association with a Hyderabad-based private company. At present, GHMC is operating over 2,700 Swachh auto-rickshaws for garbage collection.
The municipal corporation has already drawn plans to replace its fleet of conventional diesel-operated auto-rickshaws with e-autos in a phased manner or introduce as many as possible.