College students create ‘garbage locator’ app for BMC
Five students from the DJ Sanghvi College of Engineering in Vile Parle have come to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) rescue with its on-going waste crisismumbai Updated: Mar 31, 2016 23:15 IST
Five students from the DJ Sanghvi College of Engineering in Vile Parle have come to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) rescue with its on-going waste crisis. The third-year engineering students have created a mobile application called ‘garbage locator’, which can help citizens report on garbage clusters and clear them. The BMC’s solid waste management (SWM) department has decided to acquire the application from the students free of cost.
According to the students, the application works with Google Maps, where citizens can take pictures of garbage clusters . The picture will be automatically geo-tagged to help authorities locate the place. An interesting feature of the application is that when citizens report about the waste dump, the place will be marked red. Once cleared by junior overseers from the SWM department, the place will be marked green.
Shantanu Ugemuge, one of the students who has developed the application said, “We were given the ‘Swachch Bharat’ theme for our project when we thought we could develop an application to aid the BMC. We will soon be training officials to operate the application, after which we will hand it over to them.” He also said the application allows senior officials to oversee the work undertaken by junior overseers.
Ugemuge worked on the application along with Atharva Naik, Aditya Bhatt, Harsh Parmar and Anmol Sheth, third-year students, who are currently pursuing computer engineering at DJ Sanghvi.
The application was recently tested on a pilot basis in the K-West ward (which comprises of Andheri West) . Pallavi Darade, additional municipal commissioner, in-charge of the SWM department, said, “We will test the application in Andheri for another month to check the response. Based on the response, we will try and implement it in the entire city as it is a good initiative by the students.”