Andhra Pradesh

Blockchain used to give nod to Ganesh pandals

A view of the QR Dashboard showing the status of Ganesh pandals that have been registered online.

A view of the QR Dashboard showing the status of Ganesh pandals that have been registered online.   | Photo Credit: arranged pic

Single window system developed by a Vizag-based startup makes this possible

For the first time, blockchain technology has enabled online clearances to over 40,000 Ganesh pandals across the State with the help of the single window system developed by the Zebi Data India Private Limited, a city-based startup.

The company had earlier integrated the land records of Amaravati and guest particulars of 200-odd hotels in Visakhapatnam for the Police department.

Big relief

The State police accorded permission to the pandals this year through online registration, giving a big relief to the organisers as they need to get individual clearance from various departments.

The system is simple. Once the online request is registered on Zebi Blockchain, the police will coordinate internally with other departments such as the electricity, the fire or the civic body. The applicants will get approval notifications online if the necessary documents are provided.

The municipal corporations and the municipalities do grant permission for installing idols in various locations. The Police Department gives permission for fixing loud speakers and organising cultural events.

‘Unique system’

The Zebi AI Chain system can be accessed through mobiles, portable tablets and desktops, says Babu Munagala, founder-CEO of the Zebi Data India Private Limited, the startup based in Visakhapatnam with an office in Hyderabad. He said they had introduced the unique system for the first time in the country.

The startup made a major breakthrough sometime ago by integrating the guest data with the Police Department by using blockchain and artificial intelligence. Over 200 hotels in the city are connected to it and Zebi is planning to replicate it in the other parts of the State. It also has integrated land records of Amaravati with Zebi Al Chain.

Mr. Munagala told The Hindu that the registration process for online registration of pandals was done in just a few minutes through mobile OTP verifications and by submitting details of the pandals.

After successful registration, a unique QR code is generated through which the police can scan details like geo-location and the idol size.

Moreover, the system eases the task of police by tracking the complete details of the pandals in real-time basis. It also helps the police get total information about the organisers through unique application number generated during registration process.

It saves the valuable time of the police by helping the higher-ups get a bird’s eye view of the location of all Ganesh idols across the whole State.

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