Next time you spot a heap of garbage on the streets, take a photo and upload it to the Swacch Delhi App. The App, launched by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with mayors of the three municipal corporations Monday, aims to make a coordinated effort to clean up the city.
The App was launched in the run-up to an intensive cleanliness drive, which will be held in the city between November 22 and November 30 . The drive is set to be launched by Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu. The App can be downloaded by giving a missed call to 7666400400.
Once the user uploads a photo of a garbage heap, the information will be forwarded to a control room in the urban development department, along with coordinates of its location. It will then be forwarded to the municipal corporation concerned.
The control room will send reports of uncleared construction material to the Public Works Department (PWD).
The three corporations have promised to extend their support for the initiative, said Kejriwal at the launch of the App. “Though the corporations are doing their job, there are many places where garbage has piled up… this is an opportunity for people to get their surroundings cleaned up,” said Kejriwal.
North Corporation Mayor Ravinder Gupta said, “The Swacch Bharat mission was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and we need to make it successful. We pledge our full support to the Delhi government.” He added, “We have our own helpline (for those who want to report piled up garbage). When we receive a complaint, we clean it up within 24 hours. Still, this is a great effort.”