Civic body be­gins on­line track­ing of garbage col­lec­tion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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The RFID-tagged garbage ve­hi­cles en­sure that the waste col­lec­tion and dis­posal pro­ce­dure is done with com­plete ef­fi­ciency.

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