App to fight air pollution
The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) recently launched an app, Hawa Badlo, which allows the public to file complaints of waste and leaf burning and construction and road dust. The app can be downloaded directly from the Apple App and Google Play stores. Each complaint made through the app will be geo-referenced and provide information about the time and location where the violation has taken place. EPCA will forward the complaint to the official in charge, depending on the location and the nature of violation. The app will filter out false complaints by creating a “reputation system” similar to those used in online product ratings. Officials selected to deal with the complaints will need to take action within 15 days. As of now, the complaints related to waste burning and construction dust will go to CPCB, DPCC and the municipal control boards. Issues related to road dust will be handled by the PWD.