The CNG vehicles will cover all 8 zones of Lucknow.
The Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) has recently acquired 110 new CNG vehicles, which are now being used to conduct garbage collection drive here. As per reports, one vehicle has been allotted to each of the 110 wards in Lucknow, in an attempt to cover all 8 zones of the district. With this initiative, the civic body aims to improve its garbage-free star rating while promoting the idea of a clean and green Lucknow.
Small dumping grounds to be a thing of the past!
With the lack of adequate garbage collection services, societies in Lucknow had resorted to throwing their waste in their vicinities. As a result, there had been a build-up of many small dumping grounds across the city. "We do not get garbage collection trucks here so we have to dump all our waste in the nearby park", said Vibha Singh, a resident of Kalyanpur.
The new small vehicles will conduct targetted area-wise waste collection which, apart from being faster and more efficient, will also eliminate the need for dumping grounds, radically increasing the city's cleanliness. This move will effectively bring LMC one step closer to its goal of achieving a five-star garbage-free rating, up from its current three stars.
CNG vehicles to be more eco-friendly
The use of smaller CNG vehicles for waste collection is a cost-effective measure to reduce emissions while being more cost-effective for the Municipal Corporation as compared to petrol/diesel-fueled vehicles. Moreover, using just one kilogram of CNG, each vehicle can fuel the pickup drive for about 28-kilometres and collect up to seven to eight quintals of the garbage along the way.
This posed higher efficiency than the previous diesel vehicles. "Pollution reduction and waste management will both help increase the cleanliness and hygiene of our city," said Prashant Yadav, a resident of Gomti Nagar.
- with inputs from Pawan Kaushal