Marking the beginning of the first citizen-friendly Information Technology-backed services under the smart city project, chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday inaugurated the Bhubaneswar One web portal at an event in Bhubaneswar.
A first of its kind in the country, the portal will have GIS-based information about the city and will enable citizens to find locations of hotels, healthcare centres and government offices and status of various online services, to name a few.
The Bhubaneswar Development Authority’s (BDA) move is inspired by Singapore, which has a similar portal for its citizens. The portal has been developed jointly by the BDA and National Informatics Centre Services Inc, a central government-owned department. The BDA has released Rs 2.49 crore to NICSI to develop the portal.
BDA sources said the portal integrates geo-spatial data of all the government and private agencies, which might be useful to denizens and tourists.
The BDA has released Rs 2.49 crore to NICSI to develop the portal.
“This e-platform has links of smart city mission directorate, BDA, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, smart city Bhubaneswar, ministry of urban development and housing and urban development department. The portal is being called ‘Bhubaneswar One’ because in one platform, citizens can scan the GIS map and obtain information about the services by clicking the links that have been created in the website,” said a BDA spokesperson.
In the middle of the homepage of the portal, people can click on the map and locate a place of their choice. It will show direction with exact distance and relevant information. The locations, information on bus, train and flight schedules, programs in the city, ideal tourist destinations, address of hospitals and doctors, ambulance facilities, parks and playgrounds, library, shopping malls and markets will be available in the platform.
The portal will be managed by the planning department of the BDA, which will also continue to update information.
Courtesy: The Times of India