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Arjun Sharma, Hindustan Times
Ludhiana, February 08, 2013
Soon city residents can check whether the garbage near their homes has been lifted or not with just a click of a button.
The private company, A2Z, which lifts garbage from 12 wards of the city, plans to fit Global Positioning System (GPS) in all its garbage-lifting vehicles to keep a real time tab on garbage collection, which in turn would ensure that garbage is being lifted as scheduled.

The company would first experiment the system on a pilot basis with the municipal corporation, and if all goes well, it will be extended to the city residents.

A demonstration of the new system would be given to MC officials on Saturday.

As part of the process, all supervisors of the company have been provided with Android-based smart phones that have been linked to the Google Earth application.

“The location of all garbage bins in the city has been tagged on Google Earth. The phones given to supervisors are also equipped with Livelocus, which would help supervisors click pictures of the garbage site and upload it on the company’s website,” said Rahul Sharma, who is head of Zone C and D, A2Z, and is also involved in the development of this new system.

The pictures would make it clear whether the bins have been cleared on scheduled time or not, he added.

“If the bins are not cleared, there would be a red notification, and if they have been cleared on time, there would be a green notification. Similarly, if the cleaning process is in progress or scheduled, the notification would be yellow and white respectively,” said Sharma.

The process would help MC officials keep a track on the cleaning process in the city.

The move aims to give respite to residents who have made several complaints to the MC that garbage was not being lifted in a timely manner.

“The new system would ensure that garbage is lifted as scheduled,” said Sharma.

MC commissioner RK Verma said the company would give demonstration of the system to the MC, after which the civic body could keep a track on the lifting of garbage.

“Residents could also lodge complaints on the company’s website, which would ensure organised lifting of garbage,” said Verma.

There are a total of 540 metal bins in different areas of the city, and the company claims that 500 more bins would be added to ensure that garbage is not dumped on the roadside.