Hyderabad: Impressed with the work of Floating Trash Collectors (FTCs) in clearing water hyacinth at Jillelaguda and Rampally lakes, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) had decided to procure four more FTCs to take up the exercise of cleaning lakes in the city and suburbs.
The HMDA had recently procured two FTCs to clear water hyacinth and other trash in lakes in its limits. These machines were pressed into service at Jillelaguda lake and Rampally lake in Keesara with Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD), Principal Secretary, Arvind Kumar formally launching the operations on March 25.
The FTCs, which worked in two shifts every day, moved in the lake and collected the trash and floating material along with water hyacinth, weeds etc., without consuming much time. More importantly, they helped in avoiding human deployment for cleaning the trash in unhygienic conditions and polluted water.
In a few days, the water hyacinth and trash accumulated in the water bodies was cleared, save for some portion in the Rampally lake. HMDA operates one FTC in Hussain Sagar lake and it procured the two trash collectors from Cleantec Infra, Mumbai at the cost of Rs 3 crore.
As part of the sale agreement, the manufacturer agency will operate and maintain the trash collectors for two years, including fuel costs and manpower costs, etc.
Now, following the good results, the HMDA is procuring four more FTCs, including two big and two smaller ones. They will be of 12 tonne and six tonne capacity machines.
The idea behind procuring smaller FTCs is that they facilitate easy transportation and shifting to water bodies where the approach roads are narrower. This apart, it is not feasible to operate heavy capacity FTCs in smaller water bodies, said an official from HMDA.
Following the footsteps of HMDA, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) also decided to procure about eight FTCs.
Sharing the pictures of Chandan Cheruvu, Jillelaguda where HMDA operated a FTC recently, Arvind Kumar had tweeted “HMDA got two FTCs and GHMC is procuring eight FTCs. Substantial improvement will be seen soon”.