Tuesday 12, 2021 | PNS | Dehradun
Since the scanning of QR codes installed by the Dehradun Smart City Limited (DSCL) to track the movement of garbage collecting vehicles is taking a considerable amount of time, the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) has asked the latter to use automatic detection technology to make the process time-efficient. The DSCL in association with the corporation installed 25,000 QR codes across the city as a pilot project to increase the efficiency of waste management. Since increasing garbage accumulation in public areas is mostly associated with poor garbage collection services across the city, the QR codes were installed as a pilot project to check the movement of garbage collecting vehicles. All the QR codes are linked with the Doon Integrated Command and Control Centre (DICCC) that enables the officials to monitor the movement of garbage collecting vehicles. Sanitation workers were also trained to scan the codes but most of them do not do it citing the reason that it prolongs the garbage collection process.
The municipal commissioner Abhishek Ruhela told The Pioneer that the QR code scanning process is a good initiative to ensure that the sanitation workers have picked up the garbage and to know how many households are actually dumping garbage through the door to door service but sanitation workers found some practical difficulties in this process. “According to the sanitation workers, scanning QR codes just after collecting garbage from each house is a time consuming task that lengthens the garbage collection process. A separate person will be required to scan the codes but it will still take a considerable amount of time as per the sanitation workers,” stated the commissioner. Considering this, he added, the MCD has asked the DSCL officials to use a technology like Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) for automatic detection of the QR codes outside the houses every time the vehicles go for door to door collection. The officials concerned have assured to look into it to expedite the scanning process, stated Ruhela.