NMS replaces county streets cleaners with Sweeping machines in Nairobi CBD


Nairobi Metropolitan Services(NMS) sweeper machine

The Nairobi Metropolitan Services(NMS) launches machines to sweep streets in the central business district firing some workers designated for that job.

NMS will deploy the machines every night to clean up streets, replacing the labour-intensive system.

Sweepers who have been working on the streets to be deployed elsewhere while the majority, be fired.

On Saturday night, NMS boss Mohammed Badi's team took the machines along City Hall Way to demonstrate how they work to keep the streets clean.

According to Directorate of Environment, the machines will operate from 9 pm along Harambee, Kenyatta and Moi avenues.

The work begins at Tom Mboya, Standard, Mama Ngina, Kimathi and Muindi Mbingu streets.

These streets rehabilitated recently with most potholes filled and the roads tarmacked.

The sweeper machine can sweep up to 2.5 metres with an operating system that picks garbage into the container within the truck.

“The equipment has a sweeping width of up to 2500mm and 500 litres water storage tank," NMS said.

The machine has a suction system to collect debris to a volume of six cubic metres and a watering system to reduce the adverse effects of dust on operators and the public.

The machines also reduce the risk of danger to the labour force during the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Use of this technology is meant to promote sanitation, reduce exposure of dust to the public as well as the labour force," the statement says.

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