A statement said that the central government on Tuesday launched a ‘National Urban Digital Mission’ to create a digital infrastructure for cities in the country.
The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) said that the move will promote a citizen-centric and ecosystem-driven approach to urban governance and service delivery in all cities and towns by 2022.
Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad launched the ‘National Urban Digital Mission’ (NUDM) in a virtual program.
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 cross-leverage the various digital initiatives of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, benefiting from holistic and diverse support to cities and towns across India to suit their needs And local challenges, “MoHUA said in the statement.
It is also stated that another initiative “India Urban Data Exchange (IUDX)” has been developed in partnership between the Smart Cities Mission and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.
“IUDX has served as a seamless interface for data providers and data users, including ULBs, to share, request and access datasets related to cities, urban governance and urban service delivery.”
IUDX is an open-source software platform that facilitates secure, authenticated and managed exchange of data between various data platforms, third-party authenticated and authorized applications, and other sources.
On ‘SmartCode’, MoHUA stated that it is a platform that enables all ecosystem stakeholders to contribute to the repository of open-source code for various solutions and applications for urban governance.
“It is designed to address the challenges that ULBs face in developing and deploying digital applications to address urban development, allowing cities to leverage existing code and adapt them to local needs Instead of enabling, to develop new solutions from scratch., “It added.
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