File plastic waste complaints on SDMC 311
New Delhi: Delhiites can now complain about plastic waste and other plastic-related illegal issues on South Delhi Municipal Corporation’s Android application.
A senior SDMC official said the civic body had now incorporated a new feature called ‘plastic garbage complaint module’ in its ‘SDMC 311’ app, whereby such complaints can be directly through the smartphone. “If people notice that rules are being flouted they can take a picture and report it to us. The status and action taken will also be intimidated to the user on the app,” the official said.
The SDMC app has already been downloaded by around 10,000 users. “It takes three steps to register a complaint. User can opt for the app and click plastic garbage complaint icon. A window will open where they can register the complaint along with the picture and address,” the official added. Thin plastic bags — with less than 50 micrones — have been banned by the National Green Tribunal.
Delhi is the largest contributor to India’s 25,940 tonnes of plastic waste that is generated every day. A 2015 Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) report stated that the city was producing around 689.52 tonnes of plastic waste everyday. Almost 70% of the plastic in Delhi is single use and most of it ends up in landfills and drains. “We are also waiting for the notification of plastic waste bylaw by the Delhi government,” the official said.
Jamia Hamdard varsity declared plastic-free
Jamia Hamdard University has been declared the first plastic-free university in Delhi NCR. A senior south corporation official said that a swachhta pakhwada event was held, during which the university campus was declared plastic-free. During the swachhta pakhwada function, 9,000 students took a pledge not to use plastic items on the campus, and instead use bags made of jute and clothes.