Automated Waste Collection System; Bangalore may not be ready

City Environment Technology

The Automated Waste Collection System (AWCS) might be ideal for GIFT city, Gujarat, but might not be the best plan for Bangalore

Bangalore, January 24, 2018: The Gujarat International Finance Tec (GIFT) City introduced an Automated Waste Collection System (AWCS) for their smart city. But experts disagree on the working of the AWCS in cities like Bangalore.

Sunil Joshi, President of GIFT, said that the AWCS is the first of its kind in the country and it segregates organic and inorganic waste for treatment, without any human intervention.  He said that this was the best way to reduce health and environment issues.

AWCS transports domestic solid through underground pipes at a high velocity from chutes and outdoor stations into a sealed container that collects the waste.

Minhaj Patel, Assistant Manager at Tata Consultancy Services, whose office is at GIFT, said, thanks to this system, municipal workers can dispose of garbage systematically, with no accumulation.

Divya Tiwari, CEO of Saahas, an NGO for solid waste management, said that this system of waste management will not work in Bangalore because it requires proper monitoring along with educating the locals with respect to waste segregation and collection.  She added that introduction of AWCS is least of the city’s concern when there are bigger problems like proper segregation of the waste before it is sent for processing.

The total budget spent of the construction of GIFT city, particularly infrastructure is Rs 2000 crores.