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Improving street cleaning and waste collection in Chennai
A new street cleaning and waste collection service has been introduced in the city of Chennai.
According to The Hindu, a route map has been designed, taking in all 200 wards of the Chennai Corporation, which will facilitate better accountability in as much as any streets not cleaned by 10.00 each day will be listed.
An online route map covering waste collection will be completed within three months. At present, the only record, provided by wireless at 07.30, is of waste trucks leaving the depot
The new system has four levels of supervision accompanied by the generation of data through text messages.
The Hindu explains that at ward level, 'conservancy inspectors' will send text messages to Headquarters with details of waste collection and also when the vehicles complete the stipulated number of trips each day, to a common mobile number linked to an automated system.
This system will maintain a record of each round of waste clearance by all vehicles including compactor, lorry, front end loader, bob cat, mechanical sweeper and tricycle. It will include statistics pertaining to routes taken, pick up points and the time taken to travel to each spot during the collection process.
Assistant Engineers in each operating depot will also send text messages to the headquarters as soon as the vehicles leave for morning, noon and night shifts, at 07.30, 14.30 and 20.30, while an administrator at the transfer station will send text messages to mark the time vehicles leave for the landfill sites.
An assistant executive engineer at unit level will interact with all conservancy inspectors and assistant engineers to complete waste clearance, specified for that particular day, by 18.00.
It is expected that this new system will improve the look and cleanliness of the streets by tracking the vehicles movements and thus bringing to light any breakdown in the schedule.
2nd February 2012