British Asia News Network
Sri Lanka: The Minuwangoda Urban Council (MUC) together with the Western Provincial Council (WPC) has launched a mobile app in a bid to streamline garbage collection in the local government area.
The pilot project can be considered the stepping stone for the development of a communicative digital platform between residents and officials.
The project implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and the Waste Management Authority of the Western Province will inform residents of the dates and times garbage collection will take place in the area. Residents can also lodge complaints relating to garbage collection, upload pictures of areas and garbage dumps that need to be cleared.
Speaking of the advantages of the app, Director of the Western Province Waste Management Authority Nalin Mannapperuma said many residents were not aware of the schedules for garbage collection. He described how garbage has always been a problem that has plagued the communities time and time again. It was believed that the residents who did not follow through with the guidelines set out by the garbage collection was due to the fact that they were not privy to the most basic information. The app will ensure that residents are in the loop and can work accordingly.
The app was invented by Rajarata University B Sc Graduate Mahesh Madusanka, who is also a past pupil of Embilipitiya Janadipathi Vidyalaya. It will directly connect residents with the officials and will allow officials to communicate as and when necessary.
Also, digital equipment in the garbage trucks such as mobile phones and the GPS devices were provided by the Waste Management Authority and the Local Government Ministry.
MUC Chairman Neil Jayasekera who also attended the launching ceremony said residents had full advantage of a wide range of services from the local government body via the app. Distribution of handbills regarding the app were given and measures to paint all the garbage collection trucks in the same colour and set up GPS facilities have also been taken. It is hoped that the measures taken will help streamline the issues related to garbage in the area.