Urban development ministry signs MoU with BSNL

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) The urban development ministry on Tuesday announced its partnership with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to implement a vehicle tracking and monitoring system.

It will help in tracking and monitoring all vehicles engaged in collection and transportation of solid waste in 4041 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in the country.

“BSNL has agreed to develop an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Platform – eSBM – for enabling effective reporting, monitoring and control of individual municipalities and on-ground workers through an innovative Web application,” said an official statement.

“A Memorandum of Understanding to the effect has been signed between the ministry of Urban Development and BSNL.”

“The application and platform developed will help the centre and individual ULBs to ensure effective implementation of waste management and waste collection.

“The MoU signed is yet another initiative by the ministry, using technology to improve and smoothen ground-level mechanisms and operations,” said Praveen Prakash, Joint Secretary of the ministry.

“The ministry will strive to ensure that all the 4041 ULBs enter into agreement with BSNL for this work,” he added.

Expressing delight over the announcement, Anupam Srivastava, CMD of BSNL said:”We are very happy to be associated with urban development ministry to provide such an important service to the nation.

“The platform would further enable individual municipalities to manage and monitor their workforce and the fleet assigned to collect waste, hence using technology to solve on-ground issues.

“We hope that the application of the solution would result in efficient on-ground staff handling, and prove to be a big step towards the Swachh Bharat dream.”

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