Challan Bharoo!

Challan Bharoo!

Posted by 2 on September 7th 2016

HYDERABAD: "India mein sabzi lene se leke Olympic medal lene tak, betiyon ko hi jaana padta hai," is the new meme circulating around the internet, but here is a desh ka beta who is doing his bit to the country in a small, yet effective way. Tushar Acharya, a city-based Android Developer by profession, is a most sought-after chap, for he creates apps to ease not just the burden of his beloved mother but also the society. From bills to challans, he has an e-solution for all.
Necessity is the mother of invention, but for Tusshar, it is his mother - Radhika Acharya, who is a renowned psychologist in the city - herself the reason for him to invent.

His first app was Telangana Electricity app which helped him pay his bills. "If I ever forgot making the online payment of the electricity bill, mom would yell at me. This app I created gives me a notification whenever the bill is ready and out. I just click on the notification to pay," the smart son beams. His second app too was for his mom, who as a psychologist deals with a lot of assessments and questionnaires. "A typical assessment contains 100 questions and the client has to fill an Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) sheet by circling their option. After that, my mom has to apply a lot of formulas and computations on that data to arrive on a meaningful report which takes at least an hour. I saw an opportunity to automate the process. Now she gives the client a tablet which is loaded with the Psychology Analysis app. They just select the opti0on and tick on the screen. Once the assessment is complete, a report is generated automatically and is sent to mom's email. This has reduced the time to write a report to 15 minutes," he shares.
His latest app is Telangana Traffic Challan. "Two months ago, I was driving to office when a traffic cop stopped me to inform me that I hadn't paid my challan for the last six months and that I had to pay a fine of `500 on top of my existing challan of `135. I was not even aware of the challan. To verify his claim, I opened the official e-Challan app and to my disappointment, the app was broken. So I had to open the e-Challan website and found out I did have a challan on my name. Well, I paid the fine and came back home. My mom suggested I create my own app to resolve this problem which many others too face," he informs.
"If I were notified that I got a challan, I would have paid it immediately. The police do send out a letter to the address on which the vehicle was registered, but I had moved out of that address long ago. I didn't have an easy way of checking my challans on my cell phone as the website was not mobile-friendly and the official mobile app was not working. The only mode of payment of challans is from a desktop website which is not as easy as doing it from an app. The whole thing becomes even more messy if you have multiple vehicles to manage."
With his new app, users will receive a notification whenever they get a challan with details of the vehicle number and fine amount. "The app also allows users to see where the challan was issued, the violation committed with photo evidence. Clicking on the notification helps you pay the challans at once directly in the app without the need to move to a website. The app also allows users to add multiple vehicles and gives a notification when any one of those vehicles gets a challan," he elaborates.
Creating these apps is not a cakewalk says the IIIT alumnus: "I didn't have access to the required data directly. I only have access to what's available to the public via websites. So I leant how to get the data from website and process it on the cloud. I want to make the process easy even for people who aren't tech savvy."
"Every time someone leaves a feedback in my app saying it has helped them save time and energy, it inspires me to develop more apps," he concludes on a hopeful note. Isn't that what engineering is all about!

Courtesy: The New Indian Express/ Daily hunt.

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