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BDA’s One-stop Smart City App for Bhubaneswar

The project will be implemented under Smart City Mission and the BDA has released Rs 2.49 crore to the NICSI to develop the software for the app.

With the city being nominated as the smartest city in the country, the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) is making smart moves to provide IT-backed services to the citizens.

Taking its cue from Singapore, the BDA has planned to launch a mobile application called Bhubaneswar One that will enable citizens to know everything about the city.

From locations of hotels, healthcare centres and government offices to getting online services provided to the citizens, the app will provide everything.

The app is being developed jointly by the BDA and the National Informatics Centre Services Inc (NICSI), a central government-owned department.

The project will be implemented under Smart City Mission and the BDA has released Rs 2.49 crore to the NICSI to develop the software for the app. The BDA is planning to to make the app public by June-end, BDA sources said.

“Before conceptualizing the app, we had several rounds of discussion with the NICSI. We also studied the working of Singapore’s app ‘one map’ and got to learn a few intricacies. Bhubaneswar One will be made far more effective,” said BDA planning member Sudhiranjan Mohanty.

Android-based smartphones users can avail the services. The app will have all the features such as search locations, bus, train and flight schedules, programmes in the city, ideal tourist destinations, address of hospitals and doctors, ambulance facilities, parks and playgrounds, library, shopping malls and markets.

“We have asked all the departments concerned to provide us the relevant data so that they can be uploaded in the app. Tourism, works, BMC, health and other departments have been asked to share the data,” Mohanty said.

While government is taking smart moves to help citizens, two city-based International Institute of Information Technology passouts have developed an app to help people locate dustbins and toilets in cities of the country. Initially, they have uploaded the information about Bhubaneswar, Puri, Cuttack and Chennai.

Courtesy: The Times of India

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