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Chennai Corporation to use GPS-enabled vehicle tracking for garbage trucks

Published: June 23, 2014 | India

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 Chennai Corporation is set to resume tracking of garbage trucks using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology after a gap of three years. The pinpoint technology will help the civic agency improve its services and also respond effectively to complaints.

As many as 743 vehicles, including garbage trucks, will be fitted with the satellite navigation system next month. The civic body will spend at least Rs. 90 lakh for the utilisation of the satellite navigation system in the 743 vehicles for one year. The satellite navigation system will facilitate quick response to any emergency, including major disasters in the city.

“The earlier project to track garbage trucks failed in 2011. The new system will involve privatisation of the entire process. A private player will fit the equipment, maintain it for one year and offer other services with the compiled data,” said an official of Chennai Corporation.

The system will also facilitate identification of deficiencies in the solid waste management services offered by Chennai Corporation. The monitoring of the quantity of municipal solid waste collected in each locality and the rate of removal will be easier with the operation of the satellite navigation system.

Separate personnel will be hired for compiling and analysing the data generated by the satellite navigation system.

Source: The Hindu

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