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Jun 06, 2007 at 09:19pm IST

BMC sweeps Mumbai off its feet

Mumbai: They are bright, loud, yellow and will sweep Mumbaikars off their feet.

BMC has imported fully-automated, high-tech road sweeping machines to help Maximum City clean up its act.

"Even in monsoon, there is a lot of dust and much garbage on the road and we are facing garbage collection problem also it can help in this way also," says Mumbai Mayor Shubha Raul.

The eco-friendly vacuum cleaners use recycled water and a low-emission diesel engine.

They can be used to remove debris from the roads and can also be used on grassy surfaces. But will they be tough enough for Mumbai's roads?

"Its benefits will be seen in the next few months. The machines should be successful but when any project is undertaken the actual strength can be identified only after one or two months,” says BMC Commissioner Jairaj Phathak.

But the road to a cleaner Mumbai is not going to be cheap. The machines are priced in the range of Rs 15 lakh to Rs 75 lakh.

The BMC plans to buy nearly 20 of these machines for starters. But will they be able to cut through Mumbai's grime? Only time will tell.