MUMBAI’S dustbins will now be fitted with radio frequency interface devices (RFIDs) that will give garbage collection squads information on which bins remain uncleared. A part of BMC’s vehicle tracking management system (VTMS), the project will also include real-time monitoring of the civic body’s garbage vehicles. Introduced as a pilot project in the G/South ward (which includes Worli) on Friday, the project has been touted by municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte as a step towards making Mumbai a ‘smart city’.
Kunte said, “This software will aid in improving the services in the city and create a pool of data that can be analysed to improve services further. If this project proves successful, we will implement it for ambulances, fire engines and other BMC-owned vehicles.”
BMC plans to introduce the technology in all the 24 wards in the next five months at a cost of Rs 22.5 crore. With the RFID tags, officials can monitor if all the bins in the respective wards have been cleared. SVR Srinivas, additional municipal commissioner, in-charge of the IT department said, “We have colour coded each stage of the collection. When the garbage has not been emptied, the map on the system will mark it blue, when the vehicle is in the process of lifting the garbage, it will be marked orange and the final collection will turn that particular spot green.”
The device has been fitted for 20 vehicles currently empowering officials to monitor the routes. According to BMC, there are 1.983 garbage vehicles covering 4,000 collection points taking multiple trips in a day.
A senior civic official from the solid waste management department of BMC said, “Currently, the staff makes a manual entry on the 6-7 trips undertaken by a vehicle everyday. Now, we can live monitor the dustbins and the movement of these vehicles from the point of collection till the dumping ground. It will help us fix lapses on time.”