Kolkata: The Central Store of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has been given the additional responsibility of repairing condemned vehicles or machines that were once used by various departments of the civic body. Mayor Firhad Hakim has recently handed over this responsibility to the Central Store with the Entally workshop unable to meet deadlines because of small number of employees who are unable to take up such repair works. The Central Store is involved in the purchase of equipment needed by various departments from time to time. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe defunct machines or vehicles like handcarts are dumped in the “condemned store”. Recently, employees at the Central Store have used parts of such discarded handcarts to come up with five new ones. Such handcarts are used by the Solid Waste Management department of the KMC. “These vehicles will be soon handed over to Entally workshop for use. We are also floating tender for manufacturing more such handcarts from those abandoned defunct vehicles,” a senior KMC official said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIt may be mentioned that after taking over as Mayor, Hakim had initially kept the charge of Central Store with him but later due to work pressure, he handed over its charge to Member Mayor-in-Council (Drainage) Tarak Singh. It was Singh who obtained the nod of the Mayor in taking up repair of the condemned articles in the Central Store. The Central Store has also put into use five fire extinguishers out of 250 that were lying abandoned in the KMC’s condemned store. Tenders will be floated for refilling of the rest of the fire extinguishers. In fact, the KMC has planned that the vehicles on wheels that will be handed over to the affected garment traders in Gariahat will also be made by the Store employees. The Central Store has also restored a battery-operated cart for waste disposal out of a good number of such vehicles that were lying defunct at the condemned store. “If this job is carried out with seriousness then the KMC will be able to save its expenditure to a reasonable extent,” the official said. It has been decided that 16 CCTV cameras will be installed in the Store for security of the various equipment. The condemned store will also have CCTVs. The surveillance infrastructure will be linked with the room of Singh as well as the manager of the Central Store. The KMC also has plans of setting up a modern laboratory at the Store for assessing the quality of new equipment that are purchased.