HYDERABAD: Denizens of Hyderabad can now look forward to a pleasant drive along the Hussainsagar lake, albeit the persistent foul odour.
For effective cleaning and collection of floating material like hyacinth, algal weeds, plastic bags, coconut shells and other trash, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has procured Floating Trash Collector from United States.
The new equipment would help in improving the air and water quality by reducing the pollution levels around the lake as well as help clear floating material, weeds and hyacinth on the surface of water.
Buddha Purnima Project officials told Express that HMDA has gone an extra mile to clean up Hussainsagar by procuring Floating Trash Collector.
The equipment will remove the floating materials, weeds and trash that come into the lake through the four nalas during rainy season. The trash collector has a three-metre wide conveyor belt and 11,000 litre on-board storage capacity along with a compactor.
It will bring the collected trash to a nominated place along the shoreline from where it will be carried to municipal garbage site.
This equipment has been procured at a cost of `3.09 crore and the monthly operation and maintenance cost inclusive of diesel charges is going to around `1.75 lakh per month.
Last week, HMDA has procured a modern Amphibious Long Boom Excavator from Malaysia, by shelling `2.48 crore, for effective cleaning and collection of waste material and garbage accumulated along the shoreline of the lake. The equipment would help in improving the water quality by reducing the pollution levels around the lake.
HMDA has taken up the Hussainsagar Lake Catchment Area Improvement Project with assistance from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and is in the process of replacing outdated equipment with latest modern machinery. Towards this, it has acquired Amphibious Long Boom Excavator and Floating Trash Collector, officials added.