Ludhiana: For keeping a complete check on the lifting of garbage and its disposal, BSNL will get GPS system in garbage lifting vehicles in city and for this purpose Municipal Corporation Ludhiana was to sign MOU with BSNL but it has not been signed till date by higher authorities. The reason of its delay is best known to the authorities.
It is pertinent to mention that after this agreement BSNL will establish the eSBM an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) platform for tracking and monitoring of all the vehicles engaged in the collection and transportation of solid waste on an exclusive basis.
BSNL and Union Ministry of Urban Development have signed MOU through which BSNL has been entrusted with the responsibility of providing eSBM platform for monitoring of the solid waste management at all urban local bodies level across the country. Therefore, now the MCL will also sign agreement with BSNL so that garbage lifting could take place properly.
Under this platform, BSNL will fit SIM based vehicle tracking device in the garbage lifting vehicle and after creating user accounts on eSBM portal for MCL they will be able to monitor the fleet status, routes, distance traveled, halts. BSNL will also provide suitable web forms and applications on eSBM platform to gather waste collection and transportation data from field staff and waste disposal points of the MCL. Facility to submit waste collection report through SMS will also be provided.
The staff of MCL will be provided facility to send vehicle breakdown report through SMS also. The eSBM portal will also provide a public web portal which can be accessed by the citizens of the city to view garbage cleaning reports, vehicles in operation, waste handling statistics.
The former MCL Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said during his tenure that various other MCs in state have already signed this agreement and now, MCL will do the same followed by which they will be able to track garbage lifting vehicles easily. He claimed that in past, garbage lifting was being done by A to Z company has remained in controversy and this platform will help in the curbing these controversies.
The current Municipal Corporation Commissioner was not available for comments.