Indore, being the largest and the most populous city in Madhya Pradesh with a population of around 20 lakh (according to the 2011 census), the Indore Municipal Corporation considers sanitation and solid waste management as its topmost priority. Ranked as the cleanest city in India, according to the Swachh Sarvekshan Survey 2017, IMC is aiming for 100 per cent coverage of solid waste management.
Timely clearing of secondary collection bins and transportation has been a major issue in solid waste management in Indore as around 750 open garbage dumps in the city were not cleared regularly until recently. To ensure efficient solid waste management, a GPS-based vehicle tracking and monitoring system (VTMS) has been taken up as a significant step recently.
The web-based VTMS system helps track garbage vehicle movement in real time. The system uses data feeds for real-time route adherence of garbage vehicles. That said, all the entry and exit of landfill sites have been equipped with IP cameras and Integrated Weighbridge Vehicle Monitoring System (IWVMS), which are integrated with the Central Command and Control Centre.
In the project, which became operational on March 1, 2017, more than 90% garbage vehicles (more than 700 of 750 vehicles) had already been included in the system. The project has led to real-time monitoring of garbage vehicle movement ensuring tracing of collection route and improvement in solid waste handling and operational efficiency.
VTMS is expected to ensure regular clearance of garbage dumps and help the city to achieve ‘Zero Waste’ status. The system will contribute significantly to cleanliness and public health in the city. For this, Indore Smart City Development Ltd (ISCDL) has appointed a Master System Integrator (MSI) for Implementation of Command Control and Communication Centre. Implementation of GPS-based VTMS is one of the services provided by the MSI.