Android app to track Ganga pollution

Now, pollution in the Ganga could be tracked through an Android-based application. The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) will launch the new app for Android mobile phones in May. "With this app, one can send pictures of the sewage treatment plants and other activities related to the Ganga," said NMCG director TVSN Prasad while talking to reporters on Monday. The facility is being introduced with the help of ISRO. It is an effort to connect people with the mission of cleaning the holy river, he explained. Prasad said that to put a check on pollution, a Ganga Task Force is being introduced in collaboration with Army. Four battalions of a composite eco task force known as Ganga Task Force will be raised for the protection of the river. The task force will be responsible for plantation of saplings in upper reaches and banks of the Ganga, strengthening of pollution monitoring mechanism on ground, watch for protection of bio-diversity, among other things.