India’s first ever integrated climate cell at Kolkata Municipal Corporation is in the process of activating a mobile app for citizens that will give them alerts during natural disasters.
This first-of-its-kind app in the country is intended to give information to citizens on various eco-friendly measures and alerts during disasters as part of preparedness planning, a release said. The climate change cell consists a rooftop solar feasibility calculator, a first of its kind in the country. The initiative is expected to help people take steps at individual and collective levels to make a difference to the city.
The set-up of the climate change cell has been supported by the UK under a two-year UK-Kolkata Municipal Corporation Programme of 1 million pound technical assistance on low carbon and climate-resilient Kolkata.
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After the launch, member and mayor-in-council of the KMC, Debashis Kumar, said, “We are the first city to launch the app. It will go a long way in creating awareness among people by letting them know the pollution levels and be alert.”
Speaking at the soft launch of the cell, West Bengal Pollution Control Board Chairman Kalyan Rudra said Kolkata was one of the worst hit in terms of pollution levels.
“Public transport is one of the major causes and we collect data from 19 places across the city regarding the pollution level and send the data to the transport department. There is a need to be stringent in terms of emission norms,” he said.