The civic body has identified two models – a narrow body vehicle with limited capacity and a vehicle with a wider body and higher capacity
The Trichy Corporation will be introducing battery-operated tricycles to collect domestic waste in the narrow streets, as per a TOI report. The electric vehicles will replace mini-trucks, which are unable to approach these streets in several areas of old Trichy, and pushcarts, which are time-consuming and laborious.
The introduction of EVs will also cut down a significant sum of the civic body’s maintenance cost, considering the surging fuel price, a source told the publication. A trial run with an electric vehicle, which was held at Big Bazaar street in Srirangam zone, was found satisfactory.
At least 15 wards in the city including Rockfort, Woraiyur, Palakkarai and Bhima Nagar with less than 8ft-wide roads, are to be covered by the EVs.
The civic body has identified two models – a narrow body vehicle with limited capacity and a vehicle with a wider body and higher capacity.
While the narrow-body vehicle has a capacity between 120kg and 150kg, the other vehicle can accommodate up to 750kg of waste. A corporation official said that their objective is to ensure at least 150 to 225 houses are covered by one vehicle.
The vehicles are likely to be purchased through the support of the smart cities mission programme.
“The electric vehicle can cover at least 100km with a full charge. The MCCs will be equipped with charging points. We are yet to arrive at the total number of vehicles required,” corporation commissioner P.M.N Mujibur Rehman told TOI.
The civic body has suggested modifications with the manufacturer to suit Trichy streets after which an order will be placed.