File plas­tic waste com­plaints on SDMC 311

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK New Delhi:

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.

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