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Night-time cleaning to end rubbish nightmare
Over the next three months, a small army of uniformed workers will be spending the nights cleaning the streets of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India, as part of an initiative by the ancient city's Municipal Corporation to solve its rubbish collection problems.
For a long time, reports the Times of India, the solid waste management department has had difficulty in maintaining a proper fleet of refuse trucks. Euro-4 (pollution emission grade) dumper trucks, which cause minimal pollution, are really what is required for a large city, but most of AMC's dumper trucks only comply with inferior Euro-3 norms - hence the need to clean at night.
The average waste collection in the city, according to officials, has gone up from 900 tonnes to 3,000 tonnes in the last five years.
"We are focusing on cleaning up and increasing our surveillance in commercial and hawking points in the city," says a spokesperson. "People who frequent these places should notice some difference in the next two months. Cleanliness around garbage bins and ensuring that the bins get cleared at least once a day is our priority right now.
"The system will take at least three months before it's streamlined. Only after that can we start the required night scraping and brushing cleaning drives we need."
11th August 2011