Action Garbage Cleaning Towards Cleaner Chennai

A new garbage collection and street cleaning mechanism has been introduced in the city. This follows the completion of design of the route map of all 200 wards of the Chennai Corporation.

After all the 200 wards, including those covered by private conservancy contractor, Ramky Enviro Engineers, are brought in the system, a list of streets not cleaned would be generated on a daily basis by 10 a.m. at Ripon Building.

Improving accountability

The system would make the officials accountable and facilitate measures to rectify the problems in garbage clearance. The civic body is also planning to provide online route map for the garbage clearance at the street level in three months.

Vehicle march out time

In the existing system of garbage clearance, information on vehicle march out was provided through wireless only once at 7.30 a.m. The new system has four levels of supervision accompanied by generation of data through text messages.

At the ward level, conservancy inspectors will send text messages with details of garbage collection by compactors, lorries and tricycles with conservancy staff to a common mobile number linked to an automated system.

The automated system at Ripon Building would maintain a record of each round of garbage clearance by all vehicles including compactor, lorry, front end loader, bob cat, mechanical sweeper and tricycle.

It would include statistics pertaining to wardwise routes, pick up points and the time taken to travel to each spot during the garbage collection process.

SMS to Corporation

The conservancy inspector would text message Chennai Corporation headquarters as and when the vehicles complete the stipulated number of trips daily. Assistant Engineers in each operating depots would send text messages to the headquarters as soon as the vehicles march out for morning, noon and night shifts.

The messages on vehicle march out would be sent at 7.30 a.m., 2.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m.

A person at the zonal office or transfer station would send text message on departure of vehicles to landfill sites.


An assistant executive engineer at the unit level would interact with all conservancy inspectors and assistant engineers to complete garbage clearance of the day by 6 p.m. The official would send the first message at 9 a.m. and the last message at 6 p.m.

Posted on January 31, 2012, in Editors Corner, Media and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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