Congratulations Dharamshala! City Becomes The First In India To Install Sensor Based Underground Bins

Congratulations Dharamshala! City Becomes The First In India To Install Sensor Based Underground Bins

With an aim to tackle the issues of littering and overflowing garbage, the Dharamshala Municipal Corporation has installed underground sensor-based bins in the city
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Waste Management: Dharamshala’s solution to littering and garbage pile up on roads – underground smart binsWaste Management: Dharamshala’s solution to littering and garbage pile up on roads – underground smart bins

Mumbai: Taking a giant leap towards waste management, Himachal Pradesh’s winter capital Dharamshala has become the first city in India to have installed sensor-based underground bins. The Dharamshala Municipal Corporation (DMC) had last year initiated the project of placing underground bins across 140 public locations in the city, to tackle issues like garbage overflow, littering and animals getting sick from eating the littered garbage.  Moreover, these bins will also prevent the wastes from developing leachate, hazardous liquid material that leaks from waste and seeps through the soil to contaminate ground water.

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Congratulating the DMC on this remarkable move, the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan official handle tweeted, “Congratulations to Dharamshala Municipal Corporation for being India’s first city to install sensor based underground dustbins! Having installed these at 140 locations, Dharamshala has made a giant leap in effective waste management.”

Talking about the need to build underground bins before the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan deadline of October 2, 2019, Satish Chaudhry, Municipal Commissioner, DMC, says

The problem of littering has become almost like a culture in India. People litter irrespective of whether there is a bin or not. Thus, we needed to adopt a different strategy and address the issue. The concept of underground bins is new in India and in Dharamshala which has attracted people’s attention towards it. When there is something new in the market people tend use and as anticipated we have got a positive response from the people.

Of the total number of bins installed, about 100 of these have been made functional and are open to people.

100 underground bins with sensors are now open to public in Dharamshala

A street hawker who sits outside a tea garden has stopped littering waste after he learnt about the underground bin,

I won’t lie by saying that I have never littered. The officials could have just placed simple public bins but seeing them work for an entire year to just install this special bin made me realise my mistake. It’s a two-way street, the government has done its part, it is time we do ours, says Shambhu, the hawker.

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The DMC has collaborated with a local private limited company to procure the bins. Per location, the DMC has spent Rs 8.5 lakhs including the procurement and construction cost.

Keeping in mind the concept of waste segregation, the DMC has ensured that every location has three bins for three types of waste – plastic, wet and non-plastic dry waste.

The bins are all placed next to each other, almost giving away the image of one single bin with three compartments. The bins have air tight containers that prevent any kind of foul smell. Since they are underground they occupy less space, says Sandeep Saini, DMC official.

Crane-like vehicles are specially allocated to remove the garbage from the underground bins
Crane-like vehicles are specially allocated to remove the garbage from the underground bins

A concrete pit is created first on which the bin is installed and is fenced with tiles around it and finally a lid is placed onto the bin. A sensor is also attached in all the bins to monitor the bins. These sensors will send an alert to the operator once the bin is full, who in turn will direct the civic workers to empty the bin,” explains Mr Saini.

Crane-like vehicles are specially allocated to remove the garbage from the underground bins. All the waste collected will be sent to the nearby dumping ground.

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3 Comments

  1. Anjan Kumar Kalia

    I am shocked to read the above referred news written by Gopi Karela at your Net work.

    Non of the undergrounds Dustbins installed in Dharmshala have any Sensor.

    These Dustbin is ill selected technology not suitable for Himachal Pradesh.
    It appears that writer have not come across the status report : Status Report April 2018 : Spread of Garbage in Dharmshala : Endangering Environment Human and Forest lives. dated April 4, 2018 which under Municipal Corporation at No 3 in details covers
    “. Underground Dustbins : Wrong selection of design of dustbin and their improper locations of installation, Causing spreading of garbage at the wasteful
    expenditure of public Exchequer”. It also reports the previous news on this issue as appear in the News Paper the Tribune.
    I am attaching herewith the copy of the report , please go through it . As your is a reputed national Channel who can it report the Wrong information/ facts.

  2. Anjan Kumar Kalia

    Wrong News on underground Dustbin : Dharmshala becomes First City in India to install sensor based underground Dustbins.
    Please refer to your htttpps;//swachhinindia.ndtv.com> Himachal Pradesh
    27th june Himachal Pradesh, News Written By: Gopi Karelia | Edited By: Sonia Bhaskar
    | June 27, 2018 11:25 AM |

    Dear Sir ,

    I am shocked to read the above referred news written by Gopi Karela at your Net work.

    Non of the undergrounds Dustbins installed in Dharmshala have any Sensor.

    These Dustbin is ill selected technology not suitable for Himachal Pradesh.
    It appears that writer have not come across the status report : Status Report April 2018 : Spread of Garbage in Dharmshala : Endangering Environment Human and Forest lives. dated April 4, 2018 which under Municipal Corporation at No 3 in details covers
    “. Underground Dustbins : Wrong selection of design of dustbin and their improper locations of installation, Causing spreading of garbage at the wasteful
    expenditure of public Exchequer”. It also reports the previous news on this issue as appear in the News Paper the Tribune.
    I am attaching herewith the copy of the report , please go through it . As your is a reputed national Channel who can it report the Wrong information/ facts.

  3. Hello, I am a resident of Dharamshala and I am trying to collet more information on this project. Is there an email address that i could get in touch with you at?

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