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Out with the trash: BMC to set up underground bins at 4 SoBo spots
To get rid of the stink from garbage heaps lying in the open, the BMC has decided to install underground bins at four locations in south Mumbai by December.
In its budget presented in February, the BMC had announced that the city would get ‘smart bins’ that would be underground and have in-built sensors. Its solid waste department has now invited tenders to install the underground bins in two wards—A ward, which covers parts of Churchgate and Colaba; and D ward, which comprises parts of Malabar Hill, Chowpatty and Walkeshwar—on a pilot basis.
“The two wards have been selected for the pilot project as they see a lot of tourists. They may be placed at the Gateway of India and Marine Drive,” said a civic official. “If successful, the project would be replicated across the city.” Each underground bin will hold up to 500kg of waste.
Civic officials said the garbage would be stored in underground closed containers to control the spread of bacteria and odour.
Explaining the project, a civic official said, “Pits would be dug up to place the garbage collection containers. Above the pit would be a raised platform with a post-box-like bin with compartments for dry and wet waste. Citizens can trash their waste in the ‘post-box’ bin and it will get collected in the underground container,” said a civic official.
“The surrounding area would be beautified so that even if the bin is full, there would be no stink.”
“When the collection containers are full, the sensors would alert the BMC control room,” said the official. “A hydraulic lift will be used to lift the garbage container and empty the contents into a compactor.” This will also help reduce labourers’ contact with garbage.
While tenders have been invited for the project, a pre-bid meeting is scheduled this week. Civic officials said the challenges they face in installing underground bins are the numerous utilities that run under the city. “Before deciding on a spot, we will have to check if there any utilities running underground,” said an official, adding they plan to launch the pilot project by the year-end.