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Logistics Management and Spatial Planning for Solid Waste Management System using Geographic Information System

Aurobindo Ogra
Aurobindo Ogra1
B. Tech (Construction)
M. Plan (Urban & Regional Planning)
Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad
GIS & Remote Sensing – IIRS, Dehradun

1Consultant & Coordinator
Uttaranchal State Operations
City Managers’ Association, Uttaranchal

Email: ogra@consultant.com, aogra@icma.org
mobile: (0) 9837206181

The role of municipalities in the development of the cities and towns is very crucial and important in today’s context when urbanisation is moving at a very rapid pace. The municipal bodies in spite of their efforts are unable to perform better in terms of financial management and efficient delivery of urban services. Therefore, the need of the hour is to strengthen and reengineer our urban local bodies which will perform better in terms of maximising the revenue generation and at the same time deliver the services in a better and efficient way. The only option which could bring such results can mainly be achieved through the introduction of innovative practices which directly targets these two issues, which mainly revolve around maximization of profits and better serviceability. This paper highlights certain areas where municipal GIS forms the core part in bringing reforms at the local bodies if planned and implemented in an efficient way by incorporating those actions which may realise a major improvement without much capital investment.

There are various core areas where the municipal bodies are involved for providing their services for the betterment of the city. These services are often described as the obligatory and the mandatory functions. It is with these functions only where the municipal bodies have to perform in a way that they could maximize their revenue generation and perform and deliver the services in a better way. One of the important thing which is missing in the system is that data is not managed properly. Because of the improper management of the data and records, it often becomes difficult to know about the functioning of the system in an efficient way. The core solution to maximize the profit generation and efficient delivery of the urban services lies in the overall management of the data system of the organization. The data’s are always linked to each other and often lies in an isolated form. It is very important to manage the data in an integrated way so that complexity of the various systems could be reduced to solve various issues related to the functions of the municipal bodies.

The project about the municipal applications of GIS involves various components which could enhance the revenue base of municipal systems. Some of the projects already exists in certain municipal bodies or are under process. The important issue is to see the sustainability of that project within the organization and how cost effective the project is for the organization. Often it is found that the project conceived is failed to meet the desired goals of the organization.

The project "Logistics Management and Spatial Planning for Solid Waste Management using Geographical Information System" is based mainly on the practical observations regarding the functions and the city needs from time to time. The objective is simply to increase the revenue base of the local bodies and deliver the services in an efficient way by taking appropriate planning and management arrangements.

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