Dear developers, it looks like a branch of the Indian government has spent valuable time and money to show us how not to make apps. This app by The Archaeological survey of India, Delhi Circle, is so useless that we thought it deserved a special, albeit short, mention.

The app supposedly gives one “the experience of monuments” on your mobile phone. What it really does is list a few monuments in Delhi, show a few pictures and show where they are located on a map.

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It has four sections – monuments, gallery, plan your itinerary and ‘about us’. The first section lists a dozen (only) monuments in Delhi with one pic and a short write up about each one. It does not mention what the visiting hours are, or on which all days it is closed for the public, or if there is an entrance fee, or if there is a fee for taking in camera, nothing. That said, it does mention which book they copy pasted the description from.

In the Gallery section, one expects to see multiple photos of these monuments, possibly taken by great photographers or hand-picked from websites such as Flickr. One might even expect an option to set one of these images as a wallpaper. But no, you get one disproportionally scaled image for each monument, the same one that was used in the first section.

One expects more utility in the next section, which is supposed to be an itinerary planner. It lets you select the monuments you want to visit and the dates between which you would like to do it. You hit the next button expecting a semi-professional (at least) list suggesting when you should visit each of those monuments in a way that would be time efficient. But no! You get a list of the selected monuments with the same details for each monument as in the first section.

The last section is pretty much like any ‘about us’ page; it is full of praises about the department and also lists contact details.

Overall, this is a good example of why you should not make an app without a clear objective. In this case, the department should have just made a mobile version of its website which by the way, lists 174 monuments around Delhi, a list of excavated sites and a lot of 404 error pages. Our tax money is at work folks.