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In developing countries, like India, the populations in prime metros have always been oblivious to the importance of road maintenance and cleaning until recently. As India becomes more extensively urbanized, the standards of solid waste removal and disposal must become more exacting. The quantity of refuse is enormous, and its generation, continuous. This fact, combined with the impact of solid waste on the urban environment, prompted Industrial Plants & Waste Treatment Corporation (IPWT), a pioneering Mumbai based environmental technology company, to work on solid waste management mechanization techniques and equipment, for improved solid waste collection efficiency Due to the present awareness levels, the BMC are now hoping to discard the age-old inhuman method of using manual labour for cleaning roads and adopt the more effective preventive approach using mechanized methods of road cleaning. These methods are in line with practices adopted worldwide. These machines will be operated by the existing labour thereby increasing their productivity and not replacing them.

BMC has now a systematic street sweeping programme which will use state of art Canadian made IPWT-Madvac PS 300 Mechanical Vacuum Road Sweepers designed to meet the cleaning challenges of today’s busy streets in Mumbai. This pedestrian friendly mobile sweeper has easy, versatile and dust free operations for effective cleaning of city walk and streets. “Introduction of such proven technologies to our city will enhance speed of sweeping upto five times besides reducing operator fatigue while enhancing the dignity of labour” says Jignesh Parekh of IPWT.“And this is just a good beginning of better cleanliness standards to come for Amchi Mumbai” adds Rajesh Khatwani, CEO IPWT who has been known for his entrepreneurial forte, introducing proven environmental technologies into India over the last decade.

The current procurement of 10 sweepers is under a pilot project and, on it’s success BMC intends to have many more such machines on Mumbai roads to achieve its vision and provide relief to Mumbai’s littered streets.