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Apps and drones likely to map infrastructure projects - Ministry

Infra News - Published on Thu, 07 Dec 2017

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Times of India reported that the housing and urban affairs ministry is likely to soon use technologies such as mobile apps, drones and aerial satellite images to map the real time progress of infrastructure projects under Centre's urban rejuvenation mission, AMRUT. The Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Rejuvenation (AMRUT) covers 500 municipal areas and hundreds of projects costing about INR 77,640 crore are under implementation. AMRUT is aimed at improving urban infrastructure and primarily focusses on water supply, sewerage facilities, storm water drains and upgrading green spaces, to name a few.

An urban affairs ministry official said that "The ministry is in the process of identifying the technology for monitoring of works after the Prime Minister's last interaction with secretaries and chief secretaries. Robust monitoring is one of the key focus of all urban transformation projects." Sources said a mechanism is likely to be put in place in the next two months.

Sources said the same technology can also be used to map the progress of physical infrastructure projects under Smart City mission as well.

Recently, PM Narendra Modi had asked the road transport and highways ministry and the Uttarakhand government to "provide real-time picture/status of the works through drone" in the Chardham highway connectivity project when he takes it up during his scheduled web-based interaction with secretaries and chief secretaries in March. The all-weather highway development work is being undertaken to provide better connectivity to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.

Using technology to map actual progress of urban infrastructure projects also gains significance considering the fact that projects under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), the earlier avataar of AMRUT, was marred with time and cost overruns. Inadequate monitoring was one of the main reasons for inordinate delays of projects.

The rural development ministry has been using IT platforms and mobile applications for monitoring progress of rural road connectivity programme known as PMGSY.

Meanwhile, the housing and urban affairs ministry has also put a proposal before the Cabinet to provide INR 10,000 crore as incentive to municipal bodies during the next two years to push municipal reforms.

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Thu, 07 Dec 2017
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