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Geospatial is key to urban transformation, believes Hardeep Singh Puri

The second day of The Geospatial World Forum 2018 gained momentum as Hardeep Singh Puri, the Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs made everyone realize once more that geospatial is the enabler for efficient urbanization. His words, “Geospatial provides the god’s eyes view of the cities,” significantly inspires the industry to work more diligently towards creating a better world.

The Ministry is keen to use geospatial technology in their functioning as he says, “Today, our smart cities are going to have command & control centres for their transportation systems and public surveillance systems. Tomorrow, they will be monitoring the consumption of energy in every building.”

Population is increasing at a high rate and new measures are required to handle the new challenges that are cropping up. Geospatial technologies can help in resource allocation, decongestion, better planning, identifying specific problem areas, and faster solutions.  Puri believes, “A unified geospatial platform helps the city manager to construct a common operational picture and to treat his/her city as an enterprise. This makes the task of managing cities more efficient.”

Another interesting thing that the Hon’ble minister pointed out is that the Ministry is actively working towards the convergence of ministries on the principle of Team India. He believes that it’s time that every piper stops playing his pipe individually and stops working in silos, collaboration and convergence can bring in huge benefits. Proudly for us, he considers geospatial to be the enabler of this convergence.

We need to transform with the changing times, and the answer lies in Geospatial. “The urban transformation requires cities to use your technologies to create e-governance platforms that allow our municipalities to get a holistic picture of what they are dealing with,” Puri affirms.