In the wake of developing smart cities, Odisha is planning to introduce drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for various citizen centric services. To start with, the state government is contemplating use of drones for effective management of solid waste.
A team from IIT Kharagpur lead by professor Arvind Routray recently had a discussion with the state government and offered a presentation on using the low-flying airplanes in solving some of the plaguing civic issues.
The IIT team wants to run a pilot project in Cuttack, Odisha’s business capital and one of India’s oldest cities, to help the city manage its growing solid waste. For years the city has been reeling under major issues like water-logging and garbage pile up. The presentation talks in details about how the drones can be used to help the civic body of the city in correctly assessing the problems and devise necessary solutions.
The drones would be equipped with high power cameras that can fly low and take photographs of the city and collect various data.
An MoU in this regard would soon be signed between the IIT Kharagpur and the civic body -Cuttack Municipality Corporation or CMC. More details and financials of the pilot project are not yet available.
Effective waste management, and fixing the long-pending civic issues like garbage control and water logging would take Cuttack inches closer to became a smart city, though capital Bhubaneshwar has been selected as one among the first 20 smart cities to be developed under Indian Government’s Smart City project.
Cuttack is one of the oldest cities in India and was the capital of Odisha till 1950.