1.MAHARASHTRA’S PWD ENLISTS IT AND PEOPLE-POWER TO SOLVE A FAMILIAR URBAN PROBLEM:
To tackle potholes, the Public Works Department in Maharashtra plans to use citizen participation and modern technology. The PWD, with the State’s IT Department, has developed a mobile app which will be dedicated to the public next week. The free app will be available on the Android platform.
When people come across a pothole, they can click a picture, and send it to the PWD via the app. The photo will be sent directly to the concerned executive engineers. The app will automatically add location date, so the person sending the photo will not even need to know where she is or even the name of the road or locality. Once the pothole is filled, pictures of the repaired road will be sent to the complainant and to the war room.
Government has announced that all potholes on State Highways and district highways will be filled before December 15, and the Maharashtra government will ensure that potholes on National Highways will be eliminated, for which the Chief Minister has had a dialogue with the Centre.
2. DON’T BRING PLASTIC TO SABARIMALA: CHIEF PRIEST
- Pilgrims leaving clothes in river Pampa while returning from the holy hillock of Sabarimala after completing their pilgrimage was not at all a custom and tradition of the pilgrimage,said the chief priest.
- He said there was no basis at all in the unhealthy trend followed by certain pilgrims to throw their clothes and chains of beads into the river Pampa, considering it part of the custom and tradition of the pilgrimage. Pilgrims should take extra care to discontinue this trend in the larger interests of keeping the Pampa clean, he said.
- He has further called upon the pilgrims not to bring plastic bags and bottles to Sabarimala as plastic litters in the forests has been posing alarming threat to the flora and fauna in the sensitive Periyar Tiger Reserve.
- He said no plastic material should be used and cooperation of all concerned was necessary to keep Sabarimala free of plastic.