R. Jayashree | New Delhi | October 29, 2020
With the deteriorating air quality in Delhi in recent times, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched “Green Delhi” mobile application, on October 29, will enable the residents of Delhi to register complaints about violation of air pollution norms.
Kejriwal said Green War Room has been created in the Secretariat which will function 24/7 monitoring the complaints.
“Every complaint is time-bound. We have devised a specific timeline for every nature of complaint. If the complainant is not satisfied even after the issue is resolved, he can re-open the complaint and access it,” said Kejriwal.
An explainer video was played in the conference on how the app works. The app can be downloaded from Playstore. For now, the app is available on Android. “We are working on making it available in all platforms,” said Aravind Kejriwal.
Through this photo-based complaint lodging app, people will be able to inform the government about the burning of waste, and industrial and dust pollution. Audio messages and video messages can also be uploaded on the app. When a person uploads photos or videos, the location is automatically traced and recorded.
Hon'ble CM Shri @ArvindKejriwal launching the 'Green Delhi' App to increase citizen participation in Delhi's fight against pollution and ensure timely action against pollution sources in the city | LIVE https://t.co/uQotVlWVpL
— CMO Delhi (@CMODelhi) October 29, 2020
The mobile app is a part of the Delhi government’s “Yudh Pradushan Ke Virudh” campaign, announced by Kejriwal on October 6, to reduce pollution levels in the national capital. The app is also a part of the Delhi government’s seven-point plan to reduce air pollution. Through this photo-based complaint lodging app, people will be able to inform the government about the burning of waste, and industrial and dust pollution. Audio messages and video messages can also be uploaded on the app.
The Delhi government said that all the concerned departments will be connected with the app, and the complaints received will automatically reach them. There will be a time limit for redressal of the complaints received on the Green Delhi app, the Delhi government said. A unique code will be allotted to each complaint, through which, residents will be able to track its status. If the complaint is not resolved in time, action will be taken against the concerned officials, it said.
The Air Quality Index of the National Capital was updated at 758-Hazardous level at 9 am while the scale shows 300-500 as hazardous level. Meanwhile, the air quality dipped further with the Air Quality Index (AQI) crossing 500-mark (hazardous category) at several places in Delhi today. The AQI was registered at 758 in Alipur, 748 in Wazirpur, 439 in Anand Vihar as of 9 am today.
Health implications read-Everyone may experience more serious health effects. Generally Cautionary Statement for PM2.5 states ‘Everyone should avoid all outdoor exertion’, while the primary pollutant stands pm10 as of 9 am.
Stubble and garbage burning, local industries, dust and vehicular emissions, are among the factors that contribute to the high pollution levels every winter in the capital city. The city has been described by authorities as a gas chamber. According to an ICMR study, about 4 lakh deaths in India were due to air pollution in 2017.