The central government on Tuesday launched a “ national urban digital mission ” to create digital infrastructure for cities across the country, according to a statement.
The Union’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) said this initiative will institutionalize a citizen-centered and ecosystem-based approach to urban governance and service delivery in cities by 2022. and in all cities by 2024.
Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Minister of Electronics and Informatics Ravi Shankar Prasad launched the National Urban Digital Mission (NUDM) at a virtual event.
Other initiatives – India Urban Data Exchange (IUDX), SmartCode, Smart Cities 2.0 website and Geospatial Management Information System (GMIS) – were also launched at the event.
“NUDM will create a shared digital infrastructure that can consolidate and leverage the various digital initiatives of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, enabling cities in India to benefit from holistic and diverse forms of support, according to their needs. And local challenges, ”MoHUA said in a statement.
He also said that another “India Urban Data Exchange (IUDX)” initiative has been developed in partnership between the Smart Cities Mission and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru.
“IUDX serves as a transparent interface for data providers and data users, including ULBs, to share, request and access data sets related to cities, urban governance and urban service delivery” , did he declare.
IUDX is an open source software platform that facilitates the secure, authenticated and managed exchange of data between various data platforms, authenticated and authorized third party applications and other sources, he also said.
On the “SmartCode”, MoHUA said it is a platform for all ecosystem stakeholders to contribute to an open source code repository for various urban governance solutions and applications.
“It is designed to meet the challenges that ULBs face in developing and deploying digital applications to meet urban challenges, by enabling cities to take advantage of existing codes and customize them to meet local needs, rather than having to develop new solutions from scratch. “, he added.
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