In another smart move to ensure cleanliness in the city, the BMC will use an app developed by the Centre under Swachh Bharat Mission.
The app, ‘Swachhata’ will enable citizens to post their complaints related to sanitation and hygiene in their areas. They can also track the status of their complaints through the app.
Android smartphone users can download the app. The Union ministry of housing and urban development has signed an MoU with a Bengaluru-based firm Janaagraha to develop and maintain the app.
BMC mayor Ananta Narayan Jena said currently their officers get updated complaints of citizens through the BMC app “my city my pride”. He said ‘Swachhata’ will be an added advantage and help improve the sanitation scenario of the city by swiftly acting on complaints, as the sanitary workers will also be a member in it.
Currently, the sanitary inspectors and other officers take images of garbage on their smartphones and send to the sanitation supervisor concerned. After removing the garbage, the supervisor shares the photograph with his seniors for compliance.
Where’s the Dustbin?
Recently, two city-based IIIT-passouts developed the app to help people locate dustbins and toilets in any cities of the country. Initially, they have uploaded the information about four cities in the application. The mobile application “Where’s the Dustbin” can be downloaded from Google play store. Data of four cities – Bhubaneswar, Puri, Cuttack and Chennai – have been included in the app.
” IT-backed solutions are emerging as effective tools to expedite routine works and taking complaints of the people. This will, in a way, help the urban local bodies involve people in their work,” said senior architect Sanjib Guru.
Recently, the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) made an initiative by developing an app called ‘Bhubaneswar One‘ that will enable citizens to know everything about the city – from locations of the hotels, healthcare centres and government offices to knowing the status of various online services provided to the citizens. The app is being developed jointly by the BDA and National Informatics Centre Services Inc (Nicsi), a central government-owned department.
Courtesy: The Times of India