Sunday, September 5, 2010

City roads to soon be vacuum cleaned

City roads to soon be vacuum cleaned

Naveen Kumar, TNN, Sep 4, 2010, 10.57 pm IST

VARANASI: The millennia-old city is all set to witness mechanised road sweeping that would rid prominent roads of fine dust particles and give them a cleaner look.

While VNN has already procured a tractor-mounted vacuum road sweeping machine, it has also started tests and trials on roads to gauge the efficacy of the machine. "If the trials are successful, we are going to procure additional machines for cleaning all prominent roads, especially pavements and dividers that witness heavy load of dust particles," municipal commissioner VK Dubey informed TOI on Saturday. "Presently, the machine is being operated by a driver and attendent. It has shown encouraging results, removing fine dust particles from areas that are usually left unclean by manual sweeping," he added.

As per reports of the VNN office, the machine that costs around Rs 13 lakh has been already test driven on some prominent roads, including Sigra Road (behind VNN office), and other adjoining lanes. Also, it may be mentioned here that the Supreme Court of India has issued guidelines for solid waste management (MSW-2000). This includes road sweeping guidelines as well. These guidelines were prepared in consultation with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and special emphasis was laid on cleanliness of roads.

"The equipment is able to undertake continuous sweeping work without the need to spray water. The nylon bristles fitted in the machine have central and sideways attachments to remove dust particles from pavements and dividers," said the municipal commissioner. "The dust particles are collected in a chamber and dumped at waste collection points with minimum effort. It looks to be a sturdy, high performance and time saving machine that improves dusting and sweeping quality on the roads." he added.

It is also worth mentioning that a number of cities in the country, including the metropolitan cities, are also using vacuum road sweeping machines to remove dust particles that settle on the roads.

Advantages of Vacuum Road Sweeping Machine

The machine has been developed to suit the high dust load on Indian roads as well as high temperature during summers. Keeping these factors in mind, the equipment is designed to operate in dry mode, minimising the necessity to spray water. This is possible by using specialised and imported bag filters with specialised continuous cleaning arrangement. Water spray as an option is also provided in the machine.

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