Cyient has been selected as a consultant by Varanasi Nagar Nigam (VNN) to develop geographical information system (GIS) and Management Information System (MIS) for the city.
A part of the Institutional Development Programme financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency under the Government of India's Ganga Action Plan-II, the project is expected to be completed within 12 months. Cyient will continue to maintain the system for three years to ensure uninterrupted services, the Hyderabad-headquartered IT firm said in a release on Monday.
The project will assist in achieving sustainable operation and maintenance of the current and future water supply and sewerage assets of the Jal Kal Vibhag (JKV), VNN and the Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam’s (UPJN) Ganga Pollution Prevention Unit. This will result in improving the water supply and sewerage services in Varanasi. The project is focused on developing a strong asset management plan and decision support system for VNN and JKV, the release said.
“We are excited about this unique opportunity to help transform the spiritual capital of India into a world class city by modernising over a hundred year old municipal records administration system...” said Sunil Kumar Makkena, senior vice-president (Utilities and Geospatial) of Cyient.
On implementation of the project, VNN would be able to access comprehensive details of the water connections and supply and waste water resources on a digital map-based online system, allowing all city civic services and planning departments to work more effectively and efficiently.
Residents of Varanasi too would have easy access to information about their utility bills and taxes online and will be able to make payments online.
An online database of all commercial and residential properties of the city is to be developed to provide owners with access to details about their property and enable them to pay taxes. Accurate revenue and property records would help VNN collect taxes accordingly.
As part of the project, Cyient would undertake multiple field surveys to create a geo-referenced database of water and waste water utility assets and compile consumer database and property enumeration, the release said.