Madurai Corporation has deployed 509 battery-operated vehicles for door to door garbage collection. The initiative has been taken by the government to address the issue of solid waste management.
Minister for Cooperation Sellur K. Raju and Corporation Commissioner S. Visakan flagged off the vehicles in Bethaniapuram in Ward 21 recently.
According to Raju, the battery-operated vehicle costs Rs 1.8 lakh each and Rs 9 crore has been spent to procure the vehicles.
Out of the 509 battery-operated vehicles, 250 have been bought by the Corporation under the Smart Cities Mission project. The remaining 259 vehicles are funded under Swachh Bharat Mission.
The Corporation also distributed blue and green dustbins to the residents to segregate biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste at its source itself. Volunteers of the Swachh Bharat Mission visited the houses of the areas to educate the residents on segregating between biodegradable and non-biodegradable wastes.
During the event, Visakan urged the residents to segregate waste and not dump them in the storm water channels. He also asked them to refrain from using plastic products.
City Health Officer (in charge) M. Saroja and City Engineer S. Arasu were also present at the event.