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Installed GPS vehicle tracking system in garbage vans to support ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’


Littered streets and overflowing garbage bins could well be a thing of the past in non-Tata Steel command areas with the local civic body installing GPS in vehicles engaged in cleaning work. Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC), which looks after civic affairs of over 3 lakh people, installed GPS vehicle tracking system in its fleet of 23 garbage vans this week, reported Telegraph India. “We installed a 3G SIM given by BSNL, as per an MoU with the state government, and have started the vehicle tracking system at our office. Now, it will be easy to locate vehicles and ensure they are following the daily cleaning roster and collecting garbage from vats as per schedule,” JNAC special officer Sanjay Kumar Pandey told the publication.

But the JNAC’s move comes more than a year after Jusco adopted GPS. The Tata Steel subsidiary, which looks after civic amenities in Tata command areas, installed GPS in its fleet of garbage vans in February 2016. 3G SIMs have been provided to all local urban bodies which will help to get accurate location of the vans through GPS. These efforts have been made to support ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan,’ the most significant cleanliness campaign launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on October 02, 2017.

Through GPS, JNAC would be able to monitor the exact location of any particular vehicle while tracking its movements, which was earlier not possible.  It will help sanitary inspectors to keep a record of the cleaning staff and private contractors while calculating their hours of work, when they are performing their duties. It will also help ensure that the garbage has been collected by the vehicles to actively monitor, improve and maintain cleanliness.

The central monitoring station would be manned by a designated officer at the JNAC office in Sakchi and also by sanitary inspectors who would be cross-checking the fleet movement with the register. The system would also help civic officials to keep a tab on waste disposal at the particular place.

Earlier in June, 2017 The Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation has already installed GPS devices in over 203 garbage vehicles – including JCBs, trucks, lorries, vans and tractors – that collect municipal solid waste in the city. Also, in order to improve garbage disposal of the city under the smart city project, Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has planned to link the garbage collection system with Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. The civic body also plans to install CCTV cameras at landfills and other garbage disposal sites. IMC is going to spend Rs 1.3 crore to install GPS in garbage vans and the work has already begun.

Use of GPS tracking devices to ensure that garbage collection happens efficiently has been started gaining traction over past five years. In July 2014, after pilot testing of the GPS-based garbage van tracking system in Ghatlodia and Maninagar areas, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s (AMC) solid waste department extended the tracking system across the entire city. Also in September 2014, two years after rolling out its ambitious plan of tracking the city’s garbage-collection vehicles, the BMC installed GPS devices on 800 vehicles in the city. The project was initiated in 2012 after complaints that garbage was not collected from various parts of the city. Furthermore, in August 2013, The East Municipal Corporation became the first corporation in the capital to track its garbage collection vehicles using GPS.

To ensure proper waste disposal in the corporations’ area, municipal corporations are adopting the usage of GPS tracking systems to support the cleanliness drive across the country. The objective of the tracking system is to ensure that garbage vans that are supposed to routinely collect garbage must visit societies and commercial areas and do not skip their routine. It can also be used to explore different ways to keep a tab on segregation of wet and dry waste and to keep a check on the amount of garbage entering the area in trucks and if they are disposed properly.

The Supreme Court on November 01, 2017 virtually put the Indian government’s ambitious ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ to test by asking the Centre to furnish in four weeks details of steps taken to implement the 18-month old Solid Waste Management Rules across the country.


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