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New Delhi: Despite the Centre and the local government getting together and expressing true spirit of federal cooperation, the overwhelming response received by the ‘Swachh Delhi’ app points out to the atrocious condition of sanitation in the capital.

Notably, the app, since its launch last week, received around 13,400 sanitation related grievances with maximum complaints coming from areas under South Delhi Municipal Corporation.

Assuring of speedy redressal of the complaints, a senior official said, the grievances had already been forwarded to the local bodies for actions.

Out of all the urban local bodies, maximum complaints came from South Delhi Municipal Corporation(4,400) followed by North Corporation (3,200)and East Corporation (2,600). PWD received 1,700 and New Delhi Municipal Council (130) and Delhi Cantonment Board (43).

Reportedly, over 1,500 trash complaints were also received where people had mostly sent their selfies. Duplication of complaints was also an issue.

Despite a few glitches at the initial level, all technical issues were sorted. Over 60,000 users had downloaded the app.

The app might unearth the poor sanitation condition of Delhi, but it also shows the initiative of the government to clean Delhi.

Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu flagged off the ‘Swachh Delhi Abhiyan‘ in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi on Sunday.  Naidu emphasised on the role of local bodies for carrying out actual governance in a federal structure. Kejriwal disbursed the Rs 96.7 crore cheque which Naidu gave him for the programme. He stated that building a cleaner Delhi needs no rocket science.

However, the initiative was a rare occasion where the two stalwarts from rival parties set aside their bitter rivalries and got united for a noble cause.

The app can be used by giving a call on 7666400400.

Callers get a link on their mobile through which they can download the app. A unique feature of the mobile application is that photograph of the debris or garbage can be clicked through it.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Plastic Free Delhi through “Plogging”, Promised EU And India

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Plastic Free Delhi through "Plogging" Promised EU And India, Pixabay

Indian and EU runners jogged around India Gate and kept picking up litter around the iconic monument to make a pledge for a clean and plastic free Delhi by “plogging” — a Swedish fitness trend that combines running with collecting garbage.

The event on Friday was organised by the Embassy of Sweden here and a group of ploggers of India together with the European Union ahead of the World Environment Day on June 5.

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Joggers also love to run on plastic-free roads. Pixabay

It was part of the European Union’s series of environmental programmes in India.

The EU delegation and missions of European Union member states in New Delhi with the support of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change co-hosted a Conference on Plastic Pollution and Management – Sharing Best Practices at Vigyan Bhawan on Friday.

The theme of the conference organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries was in line with this year’s theme – ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.

The EU ambassador to India Tomasz Kozlowski congratulated India for its leadership in dealing with environmental issues globally. “India is a key partner of the EU with partnerships on clean energy and climate change, water, smart and sustainable urbanization, air quality and resource efficiency,” said by Kozlowski.

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Runners collecting garbage, Pixabay

Taking the cooperation to the next level, the Ambassador said, EU Commissioner for Environment would lead a delegation of about 50 EU businesses to India in September as part of the CII Sustainability Summit.

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On June 5, the EU delegation and the embassies of the EU member states are expected to announce and adopt a “green pledge” aimed at reducing increased pollution levels by eliminating the use of single-use plastic products, saving energy through bio-gas and other technologies which India has also used previously, water resources and managing waste, managing increased greenhouse gases (CFCs, Carbondi-oxide, nitrogen etc.) and industrial pollution. (IANS)