Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Swachh Bharat” Campaign has really taken off on a high note and there is healthy participation from all parts of the country. Be it small villages and towns or metropolitan cities or even government offices. People from different walks of life have warmly welcomed it and this includes everyone from the neighborhood tea vendor to the youth of the country. Some of them have even gone ahead and created mobile apps to assist citizens and the government in streamlining the entire process of making our country a cleaner, better place to live in. Today, we review one such app.
The Swachh Bharat App
The Swachh Bharat App, created by Mahek Shah, a 2007 mechanical engineering pass-out from IIT Madras and a MBA in sustainable energy and product design management from Politecnico Di Milano is one of the unique apps that helps you submit reports about unclean places in your area. Launched on the 28th of September 2008 on the Google Play Store, the app allows users to submit reports of unclean dirt areas in their vicinity which they then use to “Map the dirty/unhygienic areas.” This report is then curated by the team and submitted to the PMO office by post on a monthly basis. Currently available on Android devices, the iOS version of the app is presently under review and should be available on the App Store soon.
The vision behind it
Like the many others out there, Mahek is also one of the true believers of the PM’s vision of making India clean by the ear 2019. He believes that mapping and documenting a problem is the first step towards solving it and with the help of GPS and Time-stamp integration in the app, he is working to make things easier for the local authorities and municipal corporations which are known to be resource starved. Here’s what you can do in the first version of the app.
One just need to select a appropriate location and tweet it with a picture.
“Please fix this at [GPS/map url] #swachhbharat @pmoindia. Reported via @swachhbharatapp TAG [eg: Hospital]”