Sanitary workers in Pudukottai Municipality will, henceforth, collect garbage riding battery-operated vehicles. They will replace tricycles and pushcarts.
Ten battery-operated vehicles have been provided to the municipality under the first phase. The local body will be provided with 54 more such vehicles, Health Minister C. Vijaya Baskar said after inaugurating the new system here on Saturday.
Each battery vehicle costs ₹1.80 lakh.
The municipality accounts for a total of 42 wards with over 40,000 houses. The system of collecting garbage directly from households is being done using a tricycle or pushcart.
Keeping in mind the welfare of sanitary workers, the State government accorded sanction for procurement of battery-operated vehicles to collect garbage, Mr. Vijaya Baskar said.
Also, bio-mining process has been introduced in the municipality at a cost of ₹4 crore under which the work of segregating garbage is underway to reclaim the garbage dumping yard. Construction of micro compost yards at seven places in Pudukottai municipal limits at a cost of ₹2.40 crore is on in an effort to protect public health, he added.