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Mobile phones to help civic body collect waste efficiently

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The Hindu              18.09.2013

Mobile phones to help civic body collect waste efficiently

Mayor S.M.Velusamy launching a mobile application to monitor garbage bin collection in the city on Tuesday. Corporation Commissioner G. Latha is in the picture.— Photo: K.Ananthan
Mayor S.M.Velusamy launching a mobile application to monitor garbage bin collection in the city on Tuesday. Corporation Commissioner G. Latha is in the picture.— Photo: K.Ananthan

The Coimbatore Corporation on Tuesday launched a waste collection system based on the use of mobile phones to ensure efficacy.

Under the new system, the Corporation has numbered each of the 3,400-odd bins in the city and also provided the mobile phone number of the sanitary supervisor of the ward concerned and the mobile phone number for grievance redressal.

The time and frequency of cleaning will also be mentioned on the bin.

The Corporation had also developed an android-based mobile application to ensure efficacy in removing and transporting the garbage.

The civic body provided the application-installed android mobile phones to sanitary supervisors, who will have to go to the bin at the scheduled time and day to ensure that it has been cleaned.

They will have to use the application to say at what time the bin was cleaned and who the driver was. They will also have to state what the approximate weight was.

The sanitary supervisors’ reports will be cross-checked by officials.

The vehicles engaged in transporting garbage have already been fitted with vehicle tracking systems.

Mayor S.M. Velusamy launched the system in the presence of Corporation Commissioner G. Latha and other officials of the local body.

 

Birth and death certificates go online

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The Hindu              12.09.2013

Birth and death certificates go online

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The Madurai Corporation on Wednesday launched online issue of birth and death certificates to the city residents.

The civic authorities promise that birth and death certificates will be issued in just 10 minutes. “If information provided by the applicant is correct, the procedure should be over in a few minutes,” Mayor V.V.Rajan Chellappa, who along with Commissioner R. Nanthagopal, inaugurated the facility, told reporters.

The certificates will be issued in Tamil for now.

Mr.Nanthagopal said the online system would be later extended to Corporation offices in all the four zones.

The system would enable the people to apply from anywhere through the Corporation website.

“This system will, in a way, put an end to the nuisance of touts and middlemen who fleece the people. It will bring in transparency,” he said, and urged the people to register birth of children within 21 days to get birth certificates.

Yasodha Mani, City Health Officer, said the Corporation’s birth and death certificate section on an average received about 150 applications a day.

 

Now upload photos on civic neglect in localities

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Deccan Chronicle              11.09.2013

Now upload photos on civic neglect in localities

Chennai: Chennaiites will soon have to work on their photographic skills as the Chen­nai corporation has introduced a new scheme in which people can upload photos of the state of conservancy activities.

The new system named “Rate your conservancy” launched by the corporation will also enable people to rate conservancy works in their area from a range of ‘poor’, ‘average’, ‘fair’, ‘good’ and ‘very good’. Residents can access the facility which is available on Chennai corporation website (www.chennaicorporation.gov.in).

“Based on responses from the public, action will be taken. If the ratings are good the particular zone will be awarded the ‘best zone’ on a weekly basis to improve the mechanism,” said a Corporation official at Ripon buildings.

“So far the corporation has been awarding ratings every week based on internal rating and monitoring,” the official noted. “Si­m­ilarly photos of unkempt roads, overflowing garbage bins, dustbin conditions, debris removal, water table clearing, centre median dusting and other issues can also be uploaded,” he added.

“This method can be fruitful for the city’s cleanliness but its success depends on how frequently people use it,” said J.D. Thomas, a resident of Taramani. “At the same time, officials concerned must also react immediately to the responses of people so that we are benefited,” he added. The system will be applicable to all fifteen zones present in the city.

“Many garbage bins across the city are overflowing. If this scheme works, many health hazards can be prevented,” said S. Suganraj, a resident of Washermanpet.

 


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