Now, an app for birds spreads its wings to Delhi

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Arpita Kala arpita. kala@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Delhi’s bird lovers who want to put out wa­ter for parched birds who fly for miles in search of wa­ter and of­ten die of thirst, will be able to do so with ease now.

A mo­bile app called Bird Tap, al­ready pop­u­lar in other parts of the coun­try, will soon spread its wings to Delhi. The app is the ini­tia­tive of a tech-savvy Su­rat-based an­i­mal res­cue and wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tion, Prayas Team En­vi­ron­ment. Reg­is­tered users will be able to pick up earthen pots free of cost from the near­est cen­tres of the or­gan­i­sa­tion. The app will also send out re­minders to users to re­fill the pots when­ever they dry up. “Sum­mer in Delhi is the worst for birds. There are a large num­ber of bird and an­i­mal lovers in Delhi who want to help the birds but don’t know how to. We want to con­nect all bird lovers to a sin­gle plat­form through the app,” says Dar­shan De­sai, founder and trustee of the NGO. De­sai has al­ready found sev­eral vol­un­teers and co-or­di­na­tors in Delhi, who are help­ing him take the pro­ject ahead.

“The app will be fully func­tional by next sum­mer and we will be­gin by dis­tribut­ing around 10,000 pots in the Cap­i­tal,” he says. Vol­un­teers in the city are help­ing pro­mote the app through Face­book pages such as In­dia An­i­mal Fo­rum. “While some peo­ple painstak­ingly put out wa­ter for stray an­i­mals, many are obliv­i­ous of the sim­ple ways we can save the lives of birds. The app will help in­crease the num­ber of vol­un­teers in Delhi,” says Chandni Khu­rana, a city-based an­i­mal rights ac­tivist.

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