The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation will now replicate Mohali’s mechanised cleaning system, which is based on geographic information system (GIS), in the city. The House on Friday approved the agenda to have the system which tracks cleaning operations for the entire city through GIS and mobile-based apps. The report of a nine-member committee that visited Mohali to see this “first-of-its-kind system” was placed before the House. The committee was given a detailed presentation about the project.
In Mohali, the GIS-based sweeping monitoring system is built on the Citizens Reporting and Mapping Tool (CRAMAT) platform to track attendance, uniforms, proper equipment, safety gear and performance of field personnel of Mohali. This system uses smart phone and cloud-based tracking technologies that send tamper-proof pictures, corresponding locations and the capture time to the operations command centre via Internet in real time.
Chandigarh has been facing the problem of tracking its sanitation workers, leading to inefficiency in the system. A major component of the app is a digital beat system that captures pictures of sanitation workers. The app is integrated with an operations command centre for continuous monitoring and feedback. The complete contract costs Rs 13.5 crore annually to Mohali. The machines can clean around a 55-kilometre stretch at a time.
“The project is really nice and we must replicate it,” said Senior Deputy Mayor Davesh Moudgil. The Ministry of Urban Development had selected Mohali to showcase the project for this system. MoUD had also sent letters to representatives from different MCs to visit Mohali to study the contract of mechanised sweeping, stated the MC agenda.
Keeping a track of sweepers has always remained an issue in Chandigarh. The city generates 350 tonnes of waste daily. The MC has nearly 4,000 employees to clean the entire city. Nearly 1,200 employees are regular whereas the remaining employees are hired through contractors. An attendance register is kept to record the attendance of sweepers and there is no foolproof system to cross-check the presence of the sweepers.
However, the Safai Karamchari Union is not in favour of the new system. “We will protest against this system. In Mohali, too, they have been chucking out sweepers and we won’t let this happen here,” said Shyam Lal Gavari, president, Safai Karamchari Union.