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Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) opens its first of four garbage collection stations at Kalighat Park, allowing the city to take a step forward towards becoming a vat-free metropolis.

Senior State Minister Subrata Mukherjee has said that the initiative would bring down the cost of transportation and disposal of garbage significantly.

With the technology from Netherlands, the civic body will place waste compactor machines at these stations. Instead of depositing garbage in the vats, the KMC conservancy labourers will unload the entire garbage of a locality into these compactors. The function of the four compactors, placed inside the garbage station, will be to squeeze the garbage and store it inside a container. Water generated from the compacted garbage will be drained out. The KMC solid waste management department has spent 4.5 crore from the Kolkata Environment Improvement Project (KEIP) funds for buying 16 portable compactors and five prime movers.


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