German development agency GIZ, which is working with civic authorities in Kochi on the Climate Smart Cities programme, will soon come up with a mobile app that can help them respond to waterlogging issues in a timely and organised manner; Kochi is prone to severe waterlogging and flooding as witnessed in October.
According to reports, the residents of Kochi can download the app and upload pictures of areas that are prone to waterlogging. The pictures will be sent to the Operation, Control and Command Centre (OCC) of the Smart Cities Mission, which in turn will send the message to the respective authorities to identify the reason for the waterlogging and coordinate with the task force to visit the area and sort out the issue. A red light will keep blinking on the app till a particular grievance submitted by a user is resolved.
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The app has already been launched in Bhubaneshwar smart city, while an updated version will be released for Kochi, which is expected to be ready by next month.
The Government of India and the Government of Germany have agreed to jointly support sustainable urban development in India. As part of this, German Development Cooperation has made commitments for supporting the cities of Bhubaneshwar, Kochi and Coimbatore. For this, GIZ under its Sustainable Urban and Industrial Development Cluster (SUID) is implementing Technical Cooperation (TC) projects supporting sustainable urban development in the three cities.