PCMC Commissioner Approves Mechanized Sweeping of roads 9 Months after proposal

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Aaryaman Dahiya

In his first meeting after taking over as the administrator of the PCMC (Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation), Rajesh Patil gave a green signal for the plan that was earlier being ignored by the previous ruling party. The proposal that was cleared was for mechanical sweeping of roads and has been approved after nine months. 

For completing this work, two private agencies shall be appointed that will do mechanized sweeping of the industry roads. The sweeping in itself shall happen only in places that have a width of about 18 meters. About 670 kilometres of the road would be cleaned mechanically. To ease the workload, the whole city has been divided into north and south regions. While one agency shall take care of the north part, the other would be responsible for the south part. A contract worth Rs. 362 crores for seven years shall be given out for the same. The private agencies will be chosen through a tender process. 

PCMC Health and Medical Chief Anil Roy said that “No special staff has been designated for sweeping the city roads. Our conservancy staff, which is involved in sweeping the internal roads in the suburbs, has been doing the job once in 15 days on major roads,”. 

The BJP has denied allegations of it delaying the process of mechanical sweeping. They claimed that they had certain reservations due to the length of the road being covered and its cost. While the initial proposed cost was 463 crores, the proposed distance was 928 km. Because they brought down both these variables was the reason there was no more objection from BJP’s side, according to Namdeo Dhake, who was BJP’s house leader in PCMC.

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