Swachh Bharat: Now, click pictures of dirty places and post on app to alert MC

The initiative of Urban Development Ministry will be launched tomorrow

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Published: August 5, 2016 5:35:12 am
Garbage dumped at Charan Singh Colony at Mauljagran in Chandigarh . Express file photo A garbage dump at Charan Singh Colony in Chandigarh . Express Archive

The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation will launch a mobile app on Saturday for residents to post pictures of unclean areas in the city.

The Swachh Bharat application, which is an initiative of the Ministry of Urban Development, will be launched across the country, said municipal commissioner Baldeo Purushartha.

All the officers of the municipal corporation will get themselves registered in the app. Once a resident posts a picture of a dirty and an unclean area, the official concerned will be asked to get it cleaned immediately.

Purushartha said: “All the officers are getting themselves registered in the app. It would be launched on August 6.”

Anybody will be able to download the app on an Android phone.

“Instead of calling up the officials of medical officer of health department and requesting them time and again to get a particular area cleaned, this app will help the residents. Once a picture is posted on the app, status of the same will also be uploaded by the official concerned,” said another civic officer.

Frequent posting of pictures from the same sector will also give an idea to the senior officers about the ground reality and the way sweepers are working.

“With this even the senior officers can get to know if the area is actually being cleaned by the sweepers or not and responsibility can be fixed,” added the officer.

The civic body has no proper system to monitor if the garbage has been lifted and dumped at the Dadumajra site or not.

They have been relying on supervisors only, till now.

The GPS system was to be installed in the vehicles that lift garbage, but the project failed to take off.

The city generates 350 tonnes of garbage, of which 250 tonnes was being processed at the garbage plant earlier and the remaining was being dumped at the landfill site at Dadumajra.

There are nearly 4,000 sweepers. The residents generally complain that the garbage is not properly lifted.

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