The mechanical department of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) on Thursday forwarded a proposal to the standing committee for buying 12 dumpers and four trucks at the cost of Rs 2.30 crore to handle garbage collection in the city.
Currently,the VMC has 17 dumpers and three trucks,however,the vehicles are atleast 30 years old and require frequent maintenance,according to civic officials.
Vehicles in the present fleet had a life cycle of 20 years. However,they were not replaced within that period and have been in use for the last 30 years.
We have decided to scrap all of them and buy new ones, said Suresh Shah,executive engineer at the mechanical department.
The dumpers are used to transport garbage collected from nuisance spots,the places where people litter,to a landfill site near Jambva on the outskirts of the city.
The trucks are used by the security and encroachment removal department of the VMC to transport seized articles and properties.
According to VMC officials,more trucks are required than dumpers as private agencies have started collecting garbage in the north and western zones of Vadodara.
However with the expansion of the city,more encroachment drives are being conducted which require more trucks.
The department has proposed to buy the dumpers from Ashok Leyland Limited at Rs 15.04 lakh each and trucks at Rs 12.48 lakh each.
The standing committee is expected to take a decision on the proposal at its weekly meeting on Friday.