To clean lakes and the water surface area visible to the public, the HMDA has procured floating trash collectors which will move in the water bodies and collect trash and floating material along with hyacinth and weeds quickly.
This also obviates the need for human deployment for work in unhygienic polluted water.
One such floating trash collector was deployed in the Durgam Cheruvu today to clean the lake. Municipal Administration Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar, along with GHMC Zonal Commissioner Harichandana and CE HMDA B L N Reddy, were present.
Speaking on the occasion, Kumar said that the floating trash collectors would be deployed at lakes in urban areas wherever there was hyacinth.
"It will be a continuous process to keep the lakes clean. The HMDA has so far procured seven floating trash collectors, and the GHMC has placed an order for six of them, at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore per machine. The lakes in urban areas are facing the problem of hyacinth and weeds, and also floating materials like plastic and domestic wastes flowing into the lakes through nalas. The hyacinth and weed growth are also causing mosquito menace and foul smell. The machines will go a long way in helping overcome this problem. The GHMC has also procured six Pyrofine oil spray drones for each zone for eliminating mosquitos," Kumar said.
The HMDA has formulated a schedule for the deployment of the floating collectors. Mallannakunta lake in Ameenpur village, Tallakunta lake in Ghatkesar mandal and Pasumamula cheruvu in Hayatnagar mandal will be cleaned in the next two months. Other lakes will then be taken up. The machinery will be shifted and deployed wherever necessary to keep the lakes clean and hygienic.
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