B'luru can breathe easy as BBMP finally wakes up to the dust problem

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Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2017-02-27 09:49 Bengaluru: The BBMP is all set to purchase nine dust sweeping and absorbing machines worth Rs 9.65 crores for use on arterial roads and the central business district, a much-needed move considering the high levels of dust on city's roads.  As per the contract signed with TPS infrastructure Limited, the BBMP will pay only 60pc of the cost and only monitor the operations.Mayor G Padmavathi said, "Nine such machines will be purchased by paying only 60 percent cost. The remaining will be cleared year- wise based on the performance. These truck-mounted machines will be purchased by April." The machines costing Rs 1.20 crore each will be purchased through e-procurement.  Lokesh, Executive Engineer, E-Procurement Division, BBMP, said the trucks would cover 60 kms a day and would be deployed at night. "Since the vehicle movement will be high during day time, the manual sweeping to clear dust is not possible as workers have died in road accidents," he said.The machines can suck sand, small iron pieces and others measuring up to 5 inches. In a day, the machines can reportedly collect over 250 kilos of dust, which will be sent to dumping yard and landfills."These machines are Make in India product and easy to maintain. The BBMP has given the tender saying the trucks should be operated for five years. The trucks will be maintained by the company," said Mahadev Bhat, Zonal Manager, TPS infrastructure Limited.KSPCB welcomes moveThe move to purchase the machines has been welcomed by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB). Lakshman, Chairman, KSPCB, said they had sent notice to the BBMP and the transport department over the rise in air pollution. "The BBMP has finally done some thing good. Now, they should ensure the machines work without any technical glitch," he said.