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App to Increase Public Involvement in Protecting Rivers


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A river's tidal bore.

A new app under development at Fergusson College in India is being designed to monitor developments around rivers.

Credit: Loz Moss

Researchers at Fergusson College in India are developing a mobile application that will monitor developments around rivers in order to maximize public participation in revivification.

The team says the goal is to track illegal construction and debris dumping.

"The idea is to come up with a common platform where residents of the city can come together and actively participate in protecting the rivers," says Fergusson's Vrushali Limaye. He notes the app will help people be well informed when they purchase property near a river, enabling them to know whether the property is in a legal and safe zone.

The app includes an alert system so whenever water is being released from the Khadakwasla dam, people will be informed about the areas that will be affected, notes Fergusson's Sudesh Patil.

The researchers have not involved the Pune Municipal Corporation in their work yet, but after it is launched they will discuss the idea with civic officials.

From Pune Mirror
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