Pune: After receiving complaints that garbage collection vehicles do not collect garbage regularly, the Pune Municipal Corporation(PMC) has decided to install Global Positioning System (GPS) devices on all the garbage collection vehicles to monitor and ensure that vehicles follow the route and collect garbage regularly.
The GPS will be installed on a trial basis for four wards of the city in the coming two months and after successful results it will be installed for all the wards. "Though PMC has already fixed routes for every waste pick up truck in a particular ward, complete collection of waste is not achieved. Currently, we have one to three trucks per ward depending on the population and this system will enhance their productivity," said Nitin Shinde, Engineer, PMC.
All waste pick up trucks will be monitored and their travel information will be stored in a software recording all data. "The data stored form the device locations will check if drivers follow the route, if all the points were covered with 100 per cent waste collection, the kilometers covered and calculate diesel used," added Shinde
The use of the GPS method for waste collection trucks was announced at the meet of National Society for Clean Cities (NSCC) on Friday. A senior member of NSCC, Sheila Christian said, "Where there was a lack of sewage collection, citizens disposed their garbage on road sides causing filth. This method will be a good advancement in this issue. If maximum collection is achieved, citizens will not need to dispose their garbage at any place. It is a positive initiative to keep the city clean."
Benefits of the GPS system
- Will ensure the drivers follow the correct route as per provided achieving maximum collection of waste
- The data will show if any need of additional trucks in any area
- Will help in case of truck breakdown or any other problem faced by the drivers, a back up truck will be sent immediately
- Wastage in diesel or unnecessary usage of the truck will be checked
- Drivers will always know they are monitored, they will not break any rules and follow the correct procedure
- Easy for ward officers, sanitary inspectors and deputy sanitary inspectors to maintain cleanliness in their wards