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Ghaziabad civic body sets up control centre to monitor waste transporting vehicles

noida Updated: Dec 14, 2017 22:25 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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Officials said that the vehicles without GPS devices, seven to eight in number, will also be fitted with the technology by Thursday. They said that all new vehicles that will be used from now will be fitted with GPS devices.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The Ghaziabad municipal corporation has set up an online control centre to track the movement of all vehicles engaged in transporting solid waste, through GPS devices attached to them.

Officials said they will track the route, status and number of rounds the vehicle was used to ferry waste.

Officials said that in the initial stage, the centre will monitor nearly 200 vehicles that are engaged in daily disposal of solid waste. The city generates nearly 950 metric tonnes of municipal solid waste every day and the transportation activity involves a large expenditure on fuel for vehicles.

“In a major achievement, we were able to reduce the fuel bills by nearly Rs20 lakh last month. The savings on fuel be done only after proper monitoring. We fitted almost all our vehicles with GPS devices and they are being monitored on screen for 24 hours, with their real time locations and the route they are following,” CP Singh, municipal commissioner, said.

Officials said that the vehicles without GPS devices, seven to eight in number, will also be fitted with the technology by Thursday. They said that all new vehicles that will be used from now will be fitted with GPS devices.

Officials said the move will also help them check allegations of misappropriation of funds given to drivers for refuelling.

“Now, every vehicle in the field or store is displayed on the screen and mapped. We can check the speed of travel, distance covered, number of trips made in a day and the status, besides the location of the vehicle. On this basis, a number of management information system (MIS) reports are generated that can be analysed for improved efficiency,” Jitendra Prasad, control room in-charge, said.

Officials said they can also shut any vehicle from the control room, if they are found to be speeding or if they receive any complaint, such as the driver being inebriated.

“One of the most prominent features is the route chart followed by the vehicle. We can track the route taken by the vehicle from the garbage collection point to the dumping ground. In case the vehicle follows a longer route, we can guide the driver on changing the route,” Prasad said.

The system will be helpful to the corporation as it has recently started the door-to-door collection of daily solid waste in 65 residential wards.

Apart from the vehicle tracking system, the control room has dedicated call centres, where grievances regarding the undisposed or uncollected solid waste can also be registered.

First Published: Dec 14, 2017 22:25 IST