Mobile App To Control Air Pollution Launched

IAS Prelims 2023

Supreme Court-appointed pollution watchdog, the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA), launched a mobile app “Hawa Badlo”, aiming to improve air quality with public participation.

Jointly developed by EPCA, Delhi’s municipal corporations and concerned departments from Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Haryana, the app provides a public platform to report the incidents causing air pollution.

The complaints will be forwarded by EPCA to the concerned officials.

The app aims at an inclusive participation of citizens in reporting incidences of leaf and garbage burning, building and construction dust and unpaved road dust, and thereby makes them part of the city’s fight to curb toxic air pollution.

The app will also facilitates the concerned officials to help resolve cases related to air-pollution and then upload the GPS tagged evidences of results such as photo and copy of the challan.

The app will also generate weekly reports on the status of the cases and action taken. This information will be submitted to the Supreme Court on actions taken in compliance with its orders.