They were once used to store mosquito larvicidal oil. Now, they are an attractive sofa set adorning the reception hall of the corporation's administrative office.
A few months ago, the civic body built a bathroom with plastic waterbottles for its personnel working in a micro compost center, which attracted heavy public attention.
It all started when the corporation bought 70 drums of oil to spread mosquito breeding during the last monsoon, which were spread across the coastal city. The pungent odor from the empty drums disturbed the buyers and the empty drum drums fell in the Corporation ward office near the VVN signal.
The civic authorities then attacked the plan to convert them into furniture such as sofa sets. Corporation Commissioner Sharanya Ari agreed. Three drums were produced in sofa sets and teapoys and met on their way to the Corporation's reception hall.
What's more, the civic chief directed that all such drums be converted into similar pieces of furniture and kept in offices and parks maintained by urban local bodies.
“We spent around ₹ 2,000 for a sofa set to buy paint and cushions,” officials said.