The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation plans to purchase 200 new solid waste management vehicles.

Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation plans to purchase 198 new vehicles . The bulk of the vehicles in the currently fleet that are used for solid waste management are approaching the end of their life cycle .

VISAKHAPATNAM, India: The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation intends to purchase almost 200 vehicles for solid waste disposal purposes.According to preliminary estimates, these automobiles could cost around Rs 65 crore to the city's exchequer.The GVMC has sent the government the plans for approval.The GVMC will use the funds derived from the 15th finance commission grant to purchase the 198 new vehicles.

The bulk of the vehicles in the currently fleet that are used for solid waste management are approaching the end of their life cycle.GVMC is now handling the solid waste management for these vehicles, however, since there is no substitute.Almost 3 crore is spent on maintenance and repairs by the municipal body every year.The GVMC was given permission to submit proposals for the purchase of new vehicles when the issue was brought to the attention of senior officials at a recent review meeting.

To arrive at a number, the GVMC also considered the city's changing and future needs in terms of solid waste management.As dust, drain silt, road dirt, and other inert waste must be collected in separate vehicles, the GVMC has finally reached an agreement that they require a series of 198 new vehicles that can be used for various purposes from road sweeping, transport, garbage disposal, etc.According to GVMC officials, the civic body will run tenders once the state government has granted permission.The current vehicles that can't be used further will be auctioned as scrap by MSTC Limited (formerly Metal Scrap Trade Corporation Limited), following the procurement of the new vehicles.