Indore unveils satellite-based system to streamline waste disposal

  • Saeed Khan, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Oct 15, 2014 22:54 IST

In a first of its kind, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) will start keeping a satellite eye on the city’s garbage disposal system within a week’s time.

It will be possible through digitised virtual maps that will show bins red when full and green when empty.

The corporation has already installed global positioning system (GPS) on 40-odd garbage collection vehicles and plans are afoot to put 1400 garbage bins on the virtual map.

According to the system, the moment a GPS-enabled vehicle crosses the five-metre digitised virtual barrier around the bin, it will turn green and it will be assumed that the bin has been emptied. The technique which creates a virtual barrier around a bin is called geo-fencing which can be enabled through GPS or radio frequency identification (RFID).

CEO zilla panchayat Ashish Singh said, "The location of the containers within a 5-metre radius will be fed into the GPS-fitted vehicles." The system would be enabled within a week, he said, adding at least 300 containers would be taken up in the first phase.

Asad Warsi of Ecopro, the Indore Municipal Corporations’ solid waste management consultancy firm, said, "The system will allow us not only to monitor the movement of the vehicles but also inform us about when they reach the waste containers and collect the garbage."

"If there are 25 containers on MG Road, the geo-fencing programme will not only list their location but also whether or not they have been emptied. It will also list the exact time the garbage was collected," he said.

"If a vehicle stops somewhere we can judge whether or not it was for a valid reason through the programme," said Warsi.

A separate initiative to aid waste disposal, however, now seems to have been relegated to the backburner.

Less than a month ago, on September 17, the district administration had announced that a mobile app would be developed through which residents could post complaints regarding uncollected garbage along with pictures.

Officials presently are unaware of what progress is being made on the application front.

Collector Akash Tripathi who has been directed by the high court to ensure sanitation in the city did not respond to calls made to his mobile.

CEO zilla panchayat Ashish Singh disclaimed any knowledge of the mobile app, saying he had been busy on the geo-fencing programme.

The application was among a series of steps announced by the administration and the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) after the high court took a stern stand on lack of sanitation.

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