Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) as part of its efforts to take up lakes cleaning activity regularly, is getting two more floating trash collectors.
These trash collectors move in the lake and collect the trash and floating material along with water hyacinth, weed etc without consuming much time. More importantly, they help in avoiding human deployment for cleaning the trash in unhygienic conditions and polluted water.
At present, the HMDA operates one floating trash collector for cleaning water hyacinth and other trash in Hussain Sagar. These two new floating trash collectors will be used for cleaning water hyacinth and trash in other lakes.
To begin with, these trash collectors will be pressed into service from Monday at Chandan Cheruvu, Jillelguda, Mancheryal Talab, Meerpet, Rampally lake, Rampally and Annarayuni Cheruvu, Nagaram in the next two months. After completing the cleaning works in these lakes, the trash collectors will be pressed into service at other lakes.
The two trash collectors have been procured from Cleantec Infra, Mumbai at the cost of Rs 3 crore. The deal includes the manufacturer agency having to operate and maintain them for two years including fuel costs and manpower costs etc.
Many lakes in HMDA limits have been taken over by unhygienic conditions, specially with the growth of water hyacinth, domestic water, plastics and other trash. Apart from emanating foul smell, the water bodies were turning into breeding grounds for mosquitoes, causing inconvenience to residents in the neighbouring areas.
In 2016, HMDA had procured one floating trash collector for cleaning Hussain Sagar, besides two dredging utility craft machine and long boom amphibious excavator.
This machinery is being deployed regularly for removal of floating material and also during idols immersions during the Ganesh and Durga festivities from the lake.