The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to monitor the city’s garbage management system by fitting global positioning system (GPS) to garbage auto-tippers and compactors. There are 550 garbage compactors and 4,000 auto-tippers in the city that collect garbage from across Bengaluru and transport it to the landfills and waste management units at various locations. BBMP now plans to fit a GPS to all these vehicles to track the movement of garbage transporting vehicles.
“We have already begun fitting GPS to the auto-tippers at Hebbal, Yelahanka, Dasarahalli and Pulakeshinagar. Currently, 355 auto-tippers have been fitted with GPS. We will complete the process of fitting GPS to the remaining vehicles within a few weeks,’’ said BBMP Special Commissioner D Randeep.
The auto-tippers are being fitted with the AIS140 model of GPS, which is approved by the Government of India. “Each of the GPS costs Rs 8,500. This amount will be recovered from the garbage contractor since having GPS equipped auto-tippers and compactors are mandatory for transporting garbage,’’ said the Special Commissioner.
The fitting of the GPS to auto-tippers and compactors is being done in a phased manner. “We want to complete the process by July 15. Once the process is completed, it will be easy for the BBMP authorities to know about the quantity of garbage being generated from each zone in the city and also enable the authorities to know the actual number of auto-tippers and compactors are being used,’’ he said.
A top BBMP official has said that implementing the Indore model of collecting garbage has been put on hold due to Covid-19.