Hawa Badlo lets citizens report air contamination incidents to better improve the quality of their communities

Taking crowdsourced control to the next level, India is giving its citizens the ability to register complaints and create reports on air pollution incidents through a smartphone app.

Hawa Badlo is the latest app from Delhi's Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA for short). It lets anyone in the area create a geo-tagged complaint for things like garbage fires, construction, and unpaved roads. Officials need to take photos in order to prove that a case has been resolved, ensuring no corners are cut. There are weekly lists which include the number and status of these complaints, detailing all efforts to solve them. The app is available for free for iOS and Android. Eventually, the plan is expand the app in order to cover all types of pollution, giving locals the power to better their community in a direct way.

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