For the first time, the Delhi government and municipal corporations have come on a common platform to clean Delhi. On the lines of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, the Delhi government has decided to launch a Swachh Delhi Abhiyaan on November 22.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal along with the three mayors of the municipal corporations launched a ‘Swachh Delhi app’ where public can upload photographs of garbage or construction waste and the corporations will clean it up.
The government will also launch a special cleanliness campaign between November 22 and 30. “The users can give a missed call on 7666400400 following which they will receive an SMS containing the link to download this application. It can also be downloaded from the Google playstore,” said a Delhi government official.
Explaining the application, Kejriwal said residents can click the photograph of garbage and concrete waste in their respective areas and upload it on the app. The photograph will go to a common server of the PWD, which will identify the area through the map and inform the civic body concerned.
Kejriwal announced that the Swachh Delhi campaign will be conducted between November 22 and 30. Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu will launch this campaign.
Officials of the urban development minister explained how the app would function. It has been specially designed to find the location from where the photograph has been sent. The photo will then be forwarded to the agency concerned.
The mayors said the three MCDs will clear the garbage and the PWD will take the responsibility of cleaning the concrete waste. The senders of photographs of garbage and concrete waste will be sent follow-up messages and in case they are not satisfied with the work, they can send a reminder again.
This campaign may continue after November 30. “People can send photographs from now. We will create an inventory and a massive cleaning drive will be launched from November 22,” Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said.
Government officials said that they expected to respond to complaints within 24 hours.