India: On July 8, while presenting the Budget and proposing various initiatives, the Railway Minister D. V. Sadananda Gowda said that Indian Railways holds vast land assets which need to be digitised and mapped using GIS for better management and usage.
Gowda held that the Ministry will explore mobilising resources using existing land assets through private participation. This is likely to be done by setting up railway related business on railway lands in addition to their use for commercial development.
The push toward digitisation and adoption of technology seems quite obvious. In this context, R. Chandrashekhar, president of NASSCOM remarks, “Providing Wi-Fi services, nextgen e-ticketing system, GIS mapping and digitisation of records will enable the Indian Railways in its overall growth objectives.”
Recently, many government departments and public sector undertakings (PSUs), including the Indian Navy, Competition Commission of India (CCI), Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) have floated online tenders for IT software and hardware services.
Some of the areas where the government entities may look to avail ICT services include file life cycle management to keep and manage digital records, policy automation, geographic information system (GIS)-enabled IT system for disaster management, budget tracking and asset management for public distribution systems. Experts estimate the revenue opportunity from these projects could be as large as Rs.25,000 crore over the next few years, a share of which would fall in to the coffers of geospatial products and service providers.
Source: Live Mint