Who: Trichy Corporation
What: Won Skoch Smart Governance Award
When: Third week of September 2015
Why: For Effective Solid Waste Management
The Tiruchirapalli City Municipal Corporation in third week of September 2015 was awarded with Skoch Smart Governance Award for Achieving Operational Excellence in Waste Transportation using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based solutions.
The award was given by Skoch, a Gurgaon-based group that deals with social issues.
The city corporation used radio frequency identification system (RFID) for effective solid waste management in the city.
The RFID tag was devised to supervise garbage collection from various sources to Ariyamangalam dumping yard, which receives nearly 400 metric tons of garbage daily. The corporation in association with a private firm introduced the RFID attached dumpsters in 17 wards of the city corporation in the first phase.
A private firm monitored the dumpster with the help of software,Chitragupta. They watched over workers and their cleaning activity. Once the dumpsters were cleaned, the corporation officials received a message in their cell phones.
The system has also simplified the process of segregation of waste into degradable and bio-degradable waste. Conservancy workers were trained on collection and segregation, which was put into practice in Srirangam zone a few months ago.
About Radio Frequency Identification System (RFID)
Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is the wireless use of electromagnetic fields to transfer data to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. The tags carry electronically stored information.