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Mobile app 'Hawa Badlo' launched for air pollution accountability
A mobile app called 'Hawa Badlo' has been introduced today by the Supreme Court of India-appointed Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority for Delhi & NCR (EPCA) mandated to improve the air quality in Delhi-NCR.
Talking about the app Bhure Lal, Chairperson, EPCA in a statement said, "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."

New Delhi-based think-tank CSE's Director General and member of EPCA, Sunita Narain said, "The app is expected to act as an accountability, public information dissemination and public engagement mechanism." 

The App is designed to filter out false complaints by creating a reputation system - similar to what is used in online product ratings. Each complaint is geo-referenced and will provide information about the time and location where the evidence of violation has been collected and submitted.

EPCA will forward the complaint to the official-in-charge, who is identified through the location and also type of violation. The app has been designed by EPCA, along with the municipal corporations and concerned departments of the state governments of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Hawa Badlo generates weekly reports on the status of the cases and action taken. This will be sent to the concerned top officials of the Central and state pollution control boards and municipalities. In addition, EPCA will analyse this information to submit its report to the Supreme Court on actions taken in compliance with its orders.

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