Patna implements “intelligent” SWM project

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The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has begun pasting unique QR codes outside homes in the city to monitor the door-to-door waste collection system.

The civic body’s target is to cover 2.50 lakh households in the 75 wards of Patna by April, 2021 at an estimated cost of Rs 13 crore. The QR codes have been pasted outside 33 houses so far.

PMC commissioner Himanshu Sharma informed The Times of India, “As part of the Intelligent Solid Waste Management Project, all PMC vehicles, including auto tippers and tractors, will soon be fitted with tracking units that use GPS to determine their movement,” he said, adding that altogether 800 of the 1,100 vehicles were equipped with this technology.

If the vehicles are not moving in their designated areas, an alert will be sent to the PMC’s control room. It will track the movement of the vehicles, monitor the status of garbage collection, and address grievances of the public. Patnaites will also be able to track the movement of the garbage collection vehicles with the help of a mobile app soon.

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