A.P. sets benchmark in micro planning in waste management

By integrating Internet of Things (IoT) and ICT tools, the AP government is revamping the existing solid waste management. Launched across 89 Urban Local Bodies (ULB) in September, the Real Time Monitoring System (RTMS), an analytical dashboard, is not only a revolution in Internet Technology but also has set a benchmark in micro planning with pin point details of source segregation, gate-to-gate collection, collection routes, transfer points and measuring the weight of the waste before being loaded into trucks.

“We have shifted the entire focus of solid waste management from worker to outsourcing of work. Earlier, sanitary workers were alone responsible for collection and segregation of waste but now, we have integrated IoT and ICT tools to make it more accountable. The RTMS is such an innovative tool that the entire town is mapped with details of number of households, collection points and routes,’’ Director of Municipal Administration K. Kanna Babu told The Hindu on Wednesday.

The government brought GO Ms No 279 in lieu of the Municipal Solid Waste rules 2016 and the Swachh Survekshan Norms. Though the GO was met with stiff resistance from labour unions, the government was able to push through and implement it. Smaller towns started implementing it and cities like Guntur, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam too followed suit.

The work flow process of solid waste management begins with segregation of the town into residential micro pockets. Guntur has 736 such pockets. Every household/apartment called gate is given a RFID tag. The sanitary worker carries a scanner to scan the RFID tag. After collecting the waste, it is measured by a digital weighing scale to measure the dry and wet waste collected from each micro pocket. The garbage trucks are fitted with GPS tracking devices to track movement. The attendance of the sanitary worker is monitored by Aadhaar-based facial recognition system.

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