Pradeep Pattanayak

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has rolled up its sleeves to give capital residents a cleaner Bhubaneswar. It has deployed two garbage suction machines called ‘Jatayu’ to get the city lanes and bylanes rid of piles of garbage. 

These two machines, working under two agencies namely Pratyush and Jagruti, are capable of lifting all types of garbage. 

After their inauguration in the presence of BMC Mayor Sulochana Das, Deputy Mayor Manjulata Kanhar and Commissioner Vijay Amruta Kulange, the two machines are being put to use on an experimental basis. Presently, they are working in Chandrasekharpur area and on the stretch of Smart Janpath.  

While the capacity of this Jatayu machine is 1.5 tonnes, it can also lift solid garbage of 9 inches thick. 

The civic body’s deputy commissioner Subhendu Kuman Sahu said using these two machines has reduced the manpower previously engaged in doing the same job. 

“The machine is being used at Smart Janpath on a priority basis. With these machines, they (Pratyush and Jagruti) are lifting garbage immediately. The number of labourers has come down. Only a driver and an operator are operating the machine. Now they can address the garbage issue immediately,” said Sahu. 

It is believed that the civic body would no longer face problems in cleaning large areas such as rally places and festival grounds which has been a headache for the BMC. Sources said, it is yet to be decided whether the machines would be allowed to use in marriages and parties.

(Reported by Bibartan Panda from Bhubaneswar, OTV)