Margao Municipal Council on Monday commissioned four new compactors which are expected to not only address the garbage issue of the city but also reduce the overload on the existing three compactors which were not being maintained properly due to lack of time.
Built by Tata Motors at its Gaziabad plant, each of the compactor cost Rs. 22,08,000 and will be able to carry only four tonnes of garbage of 7 cubic metres of it.
The company engineer from Gaziabad came to Goa specially to train MMC’s mechanic in the maintenance of the vehicle as MMC has not entered into annual maintenance contract with the company.
According to Rohit Gaonkar, MMC’s Junior Engineer, as there are seven vehicles now, each will work for only half day thereby remaining free for half day for its maintenance and more particularly cleaning. At one of the council meetings, it was disclosed that the garbage collecting vehicles chassis was corroding because they were not cleaned regularly.
Municipal Engineer Vivek Parsekar admitted that though the leachate from the leach tanks is to be emptied at Sonssdo, at present no arrangements have been made at the site to receive it. The four compactors have two leach tanks to collect leachate from the compartment and also from the rear end.
Councillor Sadanand Naik who owns trucks, opined that the compactors should have had power steering.