KMC to have an app for climate and disaster alerts

Kolkata, Feb 11 (PTI) India's first ever integrated climate cell at Kolkata Municipal Corporation is in the process of activating a mobile app for citizens that will give them alerts during natural disasters.

This first-of-its-kind app in the country is intended to give information to citizens on various eco-friendly measures and alerts during disasters as part of preparedness planning, a release said.

The initiative is expected to help people take steps at individual and collective levels to make a difference to the city, the release said.

The setup of the climate change cell has been supported by the UK under a two-year UK-Kolkata Municipal Corporation Programme of 1 million pound technical assistance on low carbon and climate-resilient Kolkata.

Speaking at the soft launch of the cell, West Bengal Pollution Control Board Chairman Kalyan Rudra said CNG was necessary for clean air and so far their had been lukewarm response from state and Centre on this.

He expects there can only be shakeup if court issues any directive as there had been response to several communications from the board to state and Centre on CNG.


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