BMC’s mobile app ‘Swachh Map’ will help clear up city’s garbage


Bhopal, March 25, 2016 (Ataullah Faizan): As a part of Smart City endeavours, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has introduced  ‘Swachh Map’ application for smartphone users. The Android-based app will help in cleaning of garbage and litter on demand. This app consumes less memory and can be downloaded by smartphone users from Google Play. In the initial phase, the corporation has chosen up market Arera Colony and Char Imli area – where bungalows of top bureaucrats and ministers are based. The app enables the people to click photos of garbage and send it to the civic body, so that the BMC staff would reach the spot for cleaning civic mess. The BMC squad would be using GPS technology for reaching out to selected place by the app user. The app user is supposed to click picture of the area where the garbage is dumped and to sent it to the corporation, so that the BMC staff would reach the place and clear the filth. The app has red and green signs in which red signifies the dirt to be cleaned and the latter shows that the problem is fixed. The corporation plans to extend the facility to other areas in the near future. BMC PRO Prem Shankar Shukla said, “Swachh Map is a crowd sourced tracking tool which aims to map all garbage dumps and dirty sites across the country and track them with colour coding on a Google Map (Red – Dirty site, Green – Clean site). A user can tap the red button to report dirty site around and the green button when it gets cleaned. Data will be sorted and compiled against zipcode, locality, city and State and Swachh Map App will not only share the data with civic body but also help local communities, NGOs and individual volunteers around for site adoption, regular checks and cleanness drive,” added PRO Shukla. This application is in line with Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and envisions Clean India in 2019. Swachh Map App will also be used to develop innovative waste management solution models, better utilisation of resources and efficient garbage pickups. PRO Shukla further said, “We are highly excited about ‘Swachh Map’, but in initial stage, any feedback or suggestion will be appreciated. “Through ‘Swachh Map’ app, mapping is the first step in documenting the problem. Reporting with GPS and timestamp helps in locating the issue accurately for municipal corporation. No gallery has been uploaded because we don’t want to waste time on people who could upload photoshopped images to clog.