If all goes as per plan, Chandigarh will soon replicate Mohali’s mechanised cleaning system based on geographic information system (GIS). It was decided at a meeting of the Tricity’s Mayor Council — comprising all the three mayors of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali — on Tuesday. Finding the GIS-based system appealing, Mayor Arun Sood said that they would now have the same method of sanitation in the city. The technology in Mohali tracks cleaning operations for the entire city through GPS- and mobile-based apps.
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.
Chandigarh generates 370 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.
Realignment of boundaries
BOTH Chandigarh and Mohali Mayors agreed on the realignment of boundaries between Chandigarh and Mohali. Mohali Mayor Kulwant Singh said that they would formulate a proper proposal on the issue. “Due to boundary issues, there are certain civic problems that arise. Sometimes even a patch of road is left for repair because of boundary issues,” said Singh.
Nominated councillor Surinder Bahga had raised the issue of realignment by writing to the respective governments. In his letter, he had written that due to boundary issues, certain areas were facing problems of infrastructural facilities.