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Delhi CM Launches ‘Green Delhi’ App To Increase Citizen Participation In The Fight Against Air Pollution

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched ‘Green Delhi’ mobile application that enables users to file complaints related to pollution causing activities

Delhi CM Launches ‘Green Delhi' App To Increase Citizen Participation In The Fight Against Air Pollution
Highlights
  • Green Delhi mobile app is currently available for android phone users
  • A user can upload photos, video and even audio message about violation
  • The app is government’s effort to involve citizens in war against pollution

New Delhi: Amid the rising levels of pollution in the national capital Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday (October 29) launched ‘Green Delhi’ mobile application. The app enables users to file complaints related to pollution causing activities. With the launch of the mobile application, the Delhi government plans to involve citizens in the fight against air pollution. The application is a part of the Delhi government’s mega anti-air pollution campaign “Yudh Pradushan ke Virudh” (War Against Pollution) launched on October 5. Speaking at the launch of the mobile app here in Delhi, Chief Minister Kejriwal asked Delhiites to support the government in tackling air pollution. He said,

Our aim is to include citizens of Delhi in our war against air pollution. A government cannot bring any change without the support of its citizens.

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CM Kejriwal further explained the Green Delhi application, from where it can be downloaded and how one can use it to lodge a complaint about violations of anti-pollution norms. CM Kejriwal informed that the app is currently available for Android users and can be downloaded from the Play Store for free. He added,

You can file a complaint regarding any kind of air pollution violation. For example, if you witness industrial pollution or industrial dust or a pile of waste on fire, you can upload its video, picture, or even audio. Using Google maps, the mobile app will automatically fetch your location and alert us about the same. Your complaint will reach the concerned department and it will be resolved within a stipulated timeframe. We have specified timeline for each department. Once the complaint is resolved, the concerned department will update the complainant on the app with a photo or video. If the user is not satisfied, he/she can reopen the complaint.

Delhi CM Launches ‘Green Delhi' App To Increase Citizen Participation In The Fight Against Air Pollution

Green Delhi app enables users to lodge a complaint about violations of anti-pollution norms

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The user interface is simple. One can register on the application via a mobile number. To lodge a complaint, a user needs to select the kind of violation from specified offences that include burning of plastic waste, roadside dust, pollution being caused by construction and demolition waste and others. Following this, a user needs to select the concerned department. One can also opt for ‘don’t know the department’. Google maps will take care of the exact location. Along with this, a user can add any additional comment to explain the complaint in detail and accompany it with photos, video or audio message.

Delhi CM Launches ‘Green Delhi' App To Increase Citizen Participation In The Fight Against Air Pollution

While filing a complaint on Green Delhi app, the user can choose the kind of offence and concerned department

On the homepage, a user can see how many complaints he/she has made and their status in terms of resolved or pending.

Further talking about the mobile application, CM Kejriwal said,

A green war room set-up at the secretariat that is operated round the clock will monitor the status of complaints. Along with this, 70 green marshals will help in solving the complaints.

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CM Kejriwal again called for citizen participation and said that at the initial stage, users might face some problem but they should be flagged so that the government can make the app better. He added,

Our aim is to bring all the departments – municipal corporation, Delhi Development Authority and the Delhi government – and citizens together and wage a war against air pollution.

Also Read: Delhi Pollution: Farm Fire Contribution Likely To Increase, Says Government

At the launch event, Delhi CM also briefed about the other steps being taken to tackle the annual problem of air pollution. He said,

In the last five years, we have taken several steps following which the pollution reduced by 25 per cent. This year also we have taken steps like all pollution causing thermal power plants are closed in Delhi. 95 per cent of the industries in Delhi are now using non-polluting fuel.

Every year, Delhi’s air pollution makes news and often stubble burning in neighbouring Punjab and Haryana is blamed. This year, the Delhi government has introduced a solution for managing stubble waste. Talking about the same, CM Kejriwal said,

Delhi has set an example of decomposing stubble waste. With the help of a bio-decomposer, the problem of stubble burning is being resolved. By spraying a chemical (bio-decomposer), stubble waste is turned into compost. We have sprayed the bio-decomposer in all villages of Delhi and so far, the results have been good. But we will wait for a few more days to share the results. If it gives success then probably by next year, we will have a solution for stubble burning.

Delhi CM also mentioned the launch of Electric Vehicle (EV) policy and called it a ‘very progressive and transparent’ policy.

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19,16,26,474Active
3,27,49,574Recovered
46,99,816Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,90,75,864 and 46,99,816 have died; 19,16,26,474 are active cases and 3,27,49,574 have recovered as on September 21, 2021 at 3:56 am.

India

3,35,04,534 26,115Cases
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In India, there are 3,35,04,534 confirmed cases including 4,45,385 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,09,575 and 3,27,49,574 have recovered as on September 21, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,24,498 2,583

45,229 1,281

63,40,723 3,836

1,38,546 28

Kerala

45,24,158 15,692

1,67,578 6,623

43,32,897 22,223

23,683 92

Karnataka

29,68,543 677

14,386 1,025

29,16,530 1,678

37,627 24

Tamil Nadu

26,47,041 1,661

16,984 15

25,94,697 1,623

35,360 23

Andhra Pradesh

20,39,529 839

14,388 311

20,11,063 1,142

14,078 8

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,680 11

194 4

16,86,599 15

22,887

West Bengal

15,62,173 524

7,810 96

15,35,699 608

18,664 12

Delhi

14,38,517 20

379 8

14,13,053 28

25,085

Odisha

10,20,754 510

4,947 96

10,07,666 600

8,141 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,094 38

297 7

9,91,234 43

13,563 2

Rajasthan

9,54,263 9

91 10

9,45,218 19

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,737 14

133 3

8,15,522 17

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,402 8

96 0

7,81,789 8

10,517

Haryana

7,70,746 13

340 6

7,60,598 7

9,808

Bihar

7,25,901 7

69 1

7,16,173 8

9,659

Telangana

6,63,662 208

4,991 14

6,54,765 220

3,906 2

Punjab

6,01,323 59

307 10

5,84,517 38

16,499 31

Assam

5,98,423 455

4,984 72

5,87,632 517

5,807 10

Jharkhand

3,48,125 9

55 1

3,42,937 10

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,393 11

267 6

3,35,736 17

7,390

Jammu And Kashmir

3,28,069 128

1,461 32

3,22,191 159

4,417 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,17,140 234

1,616 54

2,11,871 177

3,653 3

Goa

1,75,583 85

810 36

1,71,478 48

3,295 1

Puducherry

1,25,517 54

867 56

1,22,818 109

1,832 1

Manipur

1,18,673 178

2,183 6

1,14,658 183

1,832 1

Tripura

83,905 51

346 10

82,750 40

809 1

Mizoram

81,460 1,731

15,140 1,008

66,057 721

263 2

Meghalaya

79,667 174

1,896 5

76,391 168

1,380 1

Chandigarh

65,188 7

41 4

64,329 3

818

Arunachal Pradesh

54,126 56

410 12

53,444 67

272 1

Sikkim

30,971 16

654 59

29,937 74

380 1

Nagaland

30,907 43

467 17

29,786 59

654 1

Ladakh

20,737 7

138 4

20,392 3

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

0 1

10,666 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,359 3

8 3

10,300

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,600

13 0

7,458

129

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