THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The city corporation is gearing up to introduce eco-friendly pushcarts to haul waste and organic manure from aerobic units. Solar powered or battery operated vehicles will be introduced as part of the Swach Bh-arat initiative, which aims at strengthening and modernising the existing decentralised waste management initiative of the City corporation.
The plan is to procure around 25 solar powered or battery operated vehicles for transporting organic manure and other waste. An official of the City Corporation said that the Kerala Automobiles Limited (KAL) is manufacturing autos that will run on electricity.
“Our aim is to make waste management pollution free. Eco-friendly transportation of waste will help promote such e-vehicles. Cutting down environment pollution will be given utmost thrust,” said the official. Each vehicle is expected to cost around `2 lakh.
The civic body is planning to promote urban gardening. “We are planning to brand the organic manure and all the waste dumps in the state capital will be converted into gardens,” said the official. The official said that in the long run, switching over to eco-friendly options is the only way to save our environment....