The Narendra Modi-led government on Friday launched a mobile app to protect 25 historical monuments, including Red Fort, Qutua Minar, among others, as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission.

To start with, 25 monuments across the country which are protected by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have been identified for inclusion under the app. The mobile app enables a citizen to take photograph of garbage at the monument and upload the same along with his or her remarks. The application then sends an SMS to the ASI Nodal Officer concerned with the monument to get the garbage cleared. The Nodal Officer thereafter has to send a confirmation about the redressal of the complaint through an SMS to the person who made the complaint.
Some of the monuments covered under the app include Leh Palace, Humayun's Tomb, Hazardwari Palace, Shore Temple, Elephanta Caves, Taj Mahal, Kumbhalgarh Fort,

Rani-ki-Vav, Fatehpur Sikri, Hampi, Daulatabad Fort, etc.

The app is available on Google search engine as 'Swachh Paryatan' and is currently available only for Android Phones. It will be soon made available for iOS and Windows phones.

"Since the general public and the tourists are the largest stakeholders in keeping the monuments clean, the Ministry of Tourism has decided to facilitate the general public to communicate their complaints about any unclean area or garbage piles in and around tourist destinations. Hence as a part thereof, the Ministry of Tourism is launching this Mobile App," Dr. Mahesh Sharma, the Minister of State for Tourism and Culture said.

The 'Swachh Parayatan Mobile App' launched by the Tourism Ministry may be scaled up to include more monuments as the campaign expands.
A mega tourism summit by the Ministry is expected in July-August this year to boost the sector.
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