The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has come up with a proposal to install global positioning system (GPS) and radio frequency identification devices (RFID) in its sanitation vehicles. The proposal is likely to be passed in the next few months and will go a long way in ensuring a cleaner east Delhi.
Once implemented, the corporation will be able to get real-time information about whether a dump yard has been cleared as it will be able to track the sanitation vehicle’s movement.
Another part of the scheme, called ‘e-municipal solid waste disposal system’, will entail taking pictures of garbage station before and after the vehicles pick up the waste. Once the vehicle deposits the garbage at a landfill site, another picture of the vehicle will be taken.
“Clearing garbage is a two-part process. The vehicles first collect garbage from the dump yards and then deposit it at the landfill site. At each stage, the bar code on the vehicles will be read by the devices,” said a senior official.
With GPS and RFID in place, sanitation vehicle operators will no longer be able to deceive the municipal body about the amount of work done. At the end of each day, the GPS will be used to submit a daily route mapping report on the areas cleaned.
The working of the vehicles will be monitored from a control room. The standing committee on Thursday sanctioned around R2 crore for the installation of these devices.
“The idea behind the project is to make East Delhi a zero-garbage zone. The work of installing the devices will be given to a private company and we expect it to be implemented in a couple of months,” said a senior official.
East Delhi generates nearly 2,000 metric tonnes of garbage every day and has nearly 150 dump yards. At present, the EDMC does not have a fool-proof system in place to determine whether a truck or an auto tipper has collected garbage in the time slot allotted to it.