Garbage vans here: An app will inform residents now

  • | Saturday | 18th November, 2023

Ghaziabad: The Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) has developed a mobile app that will alert residents to keep their garbage bags ready once collection vans come near their societies. The civic body is also in the process of procuring over 300 CNG vehicles for the collection of waste. The city generates 1,400 metric tonnes of civic waste daily, and GMC has been emphasising segregation at the source, which so far has been met with reasonable success despite the corporation imposing a fine. The mobile app has been developed, which will alert residents minutes before the garbage collection vehicles arrive at their doorstep. This will save residents from waiting, and once the vehicle comes, the segregated waste will be collected into the different chambers of the vehicle, said a GMC official. The GMC is also in the process of procuring 350 waste collection vehicles, for which the state government has given a green signal.The tendering process has been initiated, and in one month, we will have 350 garbage collection vehicles, each having a capacity to load 2.2 cubic metres of waste. The vehicles will have four chambers—one each for wet and dry waste, the third for hazardous waste, and one for sanitary waste, added the official. The system will also make door-to-door collection more robust because vehicles engaged in it are fitted with GPS, the coordinates of which could be tracked in the command system on a real-time basis. On the issue of segregation of waste at the source, the official stated, It is still a challenge to convince residents to segregate waste at the source. The provision of imposing fines on violators has been put in place, and so far, we have collected Rs 3.25 lakh from violators, the GMC official told TOI. According to the rules, a fine of Rs 200 a month will be imposed on house owners for failing to segregate wet and dry waste. Similarly, dumping C&D waste at public places will invite a fine of Rs 2,000, and dumping horticulture waste can draw a penalty of Rs 200. We also published the following articles recentlyDiwali: Chennai Corporation collects 210 tonne of wasteThe Greater Chennai Corporation collected 210 tonnes of cracker waste during Diwali, with the collection drive continuing on Tuesday. This is a decrease from last years collection of 270 tonnes in four days. Valsaravakkam had the highest amount of waste collected at 29 tonnes, followed by Alandur at 26.9 tonnes and Sholinganallur at 3.5 tonnes.8k+ waste dumping plaints in 5 months, 77% on garbageThe BMCs CM Swachh Mumbai WhatsApp Helpline has received over 8,000 complaints in the five months since its launch. The majority of the complaints, about 6,500, were related to garbage disposal, while around 2,000 were about debris and construction waste. The helpline has now introduced a new category for complaints about waste burning. Some residents have expressed dissatisfaction with the helpline, citing difficulties in registering complaints and lack of user-friendliness. The BMCs central helpline via phone calls is still operational, and a resident has suggested using CCTV cameras to catch those responsible for illegal waste dumping.Stir holding up waste plant for 4 yrs, GMC yet to find another 40-acre plotThe Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) is looking for alternative land to process the citys waste and turn it into compost. The proposed waste-to-energy (WTE) plant in Hapurs Galand has been suspended due to protests, and the current site on pipeline road is too small to handle the amount of waste generated. The GMC needs at least 40 acres of land to process the waste. The Galand plant, once operational, will convert waste into energy and generate 60 MW of power per day.

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