HYDERABAD: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) will
procure six floating trash collectors (FTCs) to remove water hyacinths from the
city’s lakes. The cost of each machine is Rs 1.5 crore. Additionally, they will
procure six drones for anti-larval operations in city to fight mosquito menace
and destroy water hyacinth from their roots.
“Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has procured four additional FTCs, taking the total count to seven. GHMC is procuring six FTCs and six drones for bio-remediation and anti-larval operations,” Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar told STOI.
The equipment is being procured as part of the GHMC’s action plan to give a facelift to the -city’s lakes within 12 months.
On Sunday, Kumar and Hari Chandana Dasari, GHMC zonal commissioner, Serilingampally introduced a FTC in Durgam Cheruvu. “Manual spraying of weedicide on water bodies can be avoided with the help of drones,” said Dasari.
Several city lakes are polluted with sewage water. As per the contract, once the FTC cleans the lake it will be shifted to another lake.
The FTC has an operating length of up to 12 meters, a trash collection width of three metres, onboard trash compactor and onboard trash storage with a storage capacity of five tonnes