In an attempt to assist the pilgrims with maximum facilities, the government has now announced a new android based app “Shri Kedar Rescue” for the pilgrims . The app will help the pilgrims in times of crisis in calling for rescue and will also offer local intra-network.
The demo version of the application was launched in 2014 last year which is now developed by the Direct Disaster Managment Authority (DDMA) and was bid out to a private firm. The application is available for the download for a time period of one week at Sonprayag from where the yatra will start on April 22. The application will however be blocked once the pilgrims will be out of Rudraprayag district. Approximately 2.500 devotees will be using the app this time.
Raghav Langher, DM of Rudraprayag said, “A demonstration of the rescue app was conducted today and all its features were working smoothly. Three database managers at Sonprayag and Dehradun will regularly monitor the app. The personal information of the users will be synchronised in the app at the time of the download and they will have unique IDs through which they can send requests during emergency situations. Their location can be easily traced via the app.” he added.
The app will also aid pilgrims to send emergency signals if they run out of food or get stuck somewhere. Along with the app the arrangements of 3G internet connectivity at various spots and a wireless local intranet network has been set up in the region.
According to the sources hotspots will be set up at five locations, including Sonprayag, Bhimtal, Lincholi, Rudrapoint, (2.5 km from Kedarnath) and at Kedarnath, in the 700 mts range where tourists would be able to access internet through Wi-fi availability on their smartphones.
News Source : Times of India, Dehradun