'Swachh Paryatan' mobile app launched to keep tourist places clean

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-02-22 18:18 New Delhi: Minister of State for Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma on Monday launched 'Swachh Parayatan' mobile app at a function here. The project is being implemented by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India through DeGS and NIC. The mobile app is available on Google search engine as 'Swachh Paryatan' and on Android Phones initially and very soon it would be available on Apple and Microsoft as well. The mobile app shall be monitored by the project monitoring unit of Swachh Bharat Mission in the Ministry of Tourism. Addressing on the occasion, Sharma said: "Since the general public and the tourists are the largest stakeholders in keeping the monuments clean, the Ministry of Tourism has decided to facilitate the general public to communicate their complaints about any unclean area or garbage piles in and around tourist destinations. Hence as a part thereof, the Ministry of Tourism is launching this Mobile App." He also opined that till all stakeholders don't contribute, such project would not succeed. The Minister informed that the recently launched tourist infoline is getting 18,000 responses daily and is very successful. He dwelt upon many initiatives launched by his ministry for the benefits of tourists. He said that the Domestic Tourism has also immense opportunities like International Tourism. That is why the suggestions from public and tourists are solicited on this Mobile App. To start with, 25 Adarsh Smarak Monuments protected by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have been identified for inclusion in the app. The application would be scaled up to include more monuments as the campaign expands. This mobile app enables a citizen to take photograph of garbage at the monument and upload the same along with his or her remarks. The application then sends an SMS to the ASI Nodal Officer concerned with the monument upon receipt of which the Nodal Officer gets the garbage cleared or removed. The Nodal Officer thereafter sends confirmation about the redressal of the complaint through an SMS to the complainant. (ANI)