February 23, 2016

The 'Swachh Paryatan Mobile App' was launched by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, the Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism & Culture and Minister of State for Civil Aviation in New Delhi today. This project, which is implemented by the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Govt. of India through DeGS and NIC, is available on Google Search Engine as ‘Swachh Paryatan’ and shall be monitored by the Project Monitoring Unit of Swachh Bharat Mission in MoT. It is initially available on Android and will soon be available on Apple and Microsoft too.

The app enables a citizen to take photographs of garbage piled at the monument and upload the same along with remarks. The app then sends an SMS to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Nodal Officer concerned with the monument upon receipt of which, the Nodal Officer gets the garbage cleared/removed. The Nodal Officer thereafter sends an SMS confirmation about the redressal of the complaint to the complainant.

Dr. Sharma said that since the general public and the tourists were the largest stakeholders in keeping the monuments clean, the MoT had decided to facilitate them to communicate their complaints about any unclean area/garbage piles in and around tourist destinations. He opined that till all stakeholders do not contribute, such a project would not succeed.

Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, MoT, in his address, said that a 'Mega Tourism Summit' is expected in July-August this year to boost the sector. He said that MoT and the Ministry of Culture would work together to make the mobile app a success.

To start with, 25 Adarsh Smarak Monuments protected by the ASI have been identified for inclusion in the app. They are Leh Palace; Humayun's Tomb; Qutub Minar; Red Fort; Hazardwari Palace; Shore Temple; Elephanta Caves; Taj Mahal; Kumbalgarh Fort; Rani-ki-Vav; Fatehpur Sikri; Hampi; Daulatabad Fort; Jageshwar Temples; Sravasti; Sarnath; Vaishali-Kolhua; Khajuraho Western Group Complex; Jahaz Mahal Parisar; Martand Temple Kashmir; Brihadeeshwar Temple; Pattadakal Group of Temples; Masrur Rock-cut Temple; Rang Ghar and Konark Temple.

The application would be scaled up to include more monuments as the campaign expands.


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