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Oct 15, 2009

Tipper to replace Bullock carts


Tippers that are five ft to six ft wide will replace bullock carts in the task of collecting garbage from narrow lanes in the city that are seven ft to 10 ft wide. The Coimbatore Corporation has purchased 12 tippers and three vehicles have been allocated to each of the four zones.

While each of these vehicles will have a large number of wards to cover now, more of these will be bought to ensure that adequate number of tippers to reduce collection time in all the 72 wards. There are plans to buy another 24 tippers so that one tipper is allocated to a unit of two wards.Ultimately, 157 bullock carts used till now to collect both biodegradable and non-biodegradable for residential colonies will be off the roads. The cart drivers will now be re-designated as cleaners of the tippers.

Narrow lanes

With this, the Corporation aims to remove bottlenecks in garbage collection in narrow lanes and reduce the time taken for collection and transportation.“Our primary aim is to remove the bullock carts from waste management. At the same time, people will have to segregate waste in the two bins we have provided and hand over these to the tippers,” according to Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra.An official explains that as per a Government of India order, animal-drawn vehicles should not be used for transporting garbage or any other materials.

Besides, the time taken by the carts to transport garbage was far higher than the one taken by motor vehicles.A cart can make only one or two trips. But, a tipper can make a minimum of three trips.So, the volume of waste cleared every day will be high, an official explained.

Chambers

A cart can hold only 500 kg of waste. But, tipper can carry 600 kg to 650 kg of segregated waste. The tippers had two chambers – one for biodegradable waste and the other for the non-biodegradable. This means the public will have to handover to the cleaner only segregated waste.The fully covered tippers will take the waste to the transfer station nearest to their areas of collection. The stations were being established at Ondipudur, Peelamedu, Sathyamangalam Road and Ukkadam.

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