Mumbai: BMC To Setup Control Rooms To Monitor Vehicle Tracking For Real-Time Waste Collection

Mumbai: BMC To Setup Control Rooms To Monitor Vehicle Tracking For Real-Time Waste Collection

The civic authorities made VTMS mandatory for all its vehicles, including debris, garbage, silt dumping vehicles and water tankers in 2018.

SHEFALI PARAB-PANDITUpdated: Monday, April 29, 2024, 02:06 AM IST
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The BMC has plans to set up a control room for real-time tracking of waste collection vehicles, which will also help to penalise contractors for their shoddy work.

VTMS Implementation In Solid Waste Management

The civic solid waste management (SWM) department currently has vehicle-tracking monitoring systems (VTMS) installed in all its garbage collection vehicles, dumpers and compactors. However, the civic body is yet to set up a dedicated control room to monitor it.

The civic authorities made VTMS mandatory for all its vehicles, including debris, garbage, silt dumping vehicles and water tankers in 2018. The decision was taken after the nullah-desilting scam was exposed in 2015. The tracking and monitoring system was extended to all vehicles to ensure civic officials track activities and prevent malpractices. At present, although the department has VTMS devices installed in their vehicles, there is no effective monitoring and record keeping.

Enhanced Monitoring for Efficient Waste Management

“We want to upgrade the system with a dedicated team to monitor these vehicles in real-time and create a database. We are planning to set up a control room at the BMC’s Grant Road office or Worli garage. It will have a video wall along with other equipment wherein the feed will be monitored by civic staff in three shifts. This control room will allow us to maintain a detailed record and implement stringent provisions on contractors with poor performance,” said a senior civic official.

The advanced VTMS will keep track of whether a vehicle has skipped picking garbage from some bins, changed the route without notice, or if it is being driven rashly. It will also help to keep records of the daily collection of garbage from the city. Currently, around 6,500 metric tonne of solid waste is produced in the city. The amount of garbage increases during the monsoon, said a civic official. The SWM department has 1,300 vehicles of their own while 1,500 vehicles are hired from contractors. Both the vehicles have devices installed on them.

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