Two years after rolling out its ambitious plan of tracking the city’s garbage-collection vehicles, the BMC recently installed GPS devices on 800 vehicles in the city and is planning to cover 1,000 more vehicles by year-end. The standing committee of the civic body had recently passed the Rs 23-crore proposal on vehicle-tracking system.
“We had divided the process of vehicle-tracking system for garbage collection vans into two phases. In the first phase, we have covered all the vehicles that come under the private agencies and we have initiated the process of covering vehicles that belong to the civic body,” said a senior civic official from the civic body’s solid waste management (SWM) department.
The project was initiated in 2012 after complaints that garbage was not collected from various parts of the city. Vehicles are fitted with a GPS device and geo-tagged, allowing BMC to monitor movement along an assigned route, time taken to reach different points and the duration of each stop for collection.
Like the pothole-tracking system, here too, citizens can upload photographs of uncollected waste from geo-fenced public dustbins, community bins and collection points on the civic body’s website. At present, BMC uses a log book to track SWM. The corporation, however, has realised that it is prone to manipulation.
“The log book system will still continue. The tracking system got delayed because of contractors. We will use it as an addition to monitor the vehicles and are also thinking of ways to keep a tab on segregation of wet and dry waste,” the civic official added.