Civic body begins online tracking of garbage collection
NAVI MUMBAI: After several months of planning, the solid waste management department of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has finally launched its garbage vehicles tagged with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips this week.
Although the process was scheduled to start in July itself, it was delayed since the monitoring room was not ready.
The RFID chips have been tagged to around 119 trucks and 22,000 bins all around the city and the set-up to monitor the chips has been installed at the civic headquarters in CBD-Belapur.
“A lot of planning has gone into the execution of the entire RFID process. We have finally started operating it successfully. This will help us to ensure that the waste collection and disposal procedure is done with complete efficiency,” said Dr Babasaheb Rajale, deputy municipal commissioner, solid waste management department, of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC).
“The RFID will enable us to not only track the bins and trucks, but would also prove to be useful in tracking the garbage trucks in case of a breakdown or if they skip to collect it from any particular area,” said Rajale.
As per the records, the city generates around 700 tonnes of garbage every day.
Incidentally, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) will become the first civic body in the country to implement RFIDinstalled garbage bins.
The solid waste management department has already taken efforts for segregation of dry waste and wet waste and is undertaking several awareness campaigns for the same. As part of this initiative, two types of bins have been placed in each housing society.
The 120-litre green bins are used only for wet waste, while the blue ones with a capacity of 240 litres are used to collect dry waste.
Besides, bins with a capacity of 1,100 litres will be placed in community areas.
“We are collecting wet waste every day. The dry waste is being collected in a phased manner, depending on the waste generated,” he said.
Officials are also planning to use social media, such as WhatsApp, to create groups for citizens to complain against any garbage-related issues.
The RFID-tagged garbage vehicles ensure that the waste collection and disposal procedure is done with complete efficiency.