The Association of Geospatial Industries (AGI India) recently released a detailed report on how Geospatial technologies can transform the Urban sector. The industry report has been endorsed by leading think tank, the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), which works closely with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).
The Report was launched by Smart Cities Mission, MoHUA, Director Rahul Kapoor, and Ghaziabad Municipal Commissioner IAS Mahendra Singh Tawar, along with AGI President Pramod Kaushik and Senior Vice President Nikhil Kumar at an in-person event in New Delhi on 4th August 2022. Other senior officials from MoHUA, NIUA, Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation, Delhi Development Authority, TCPO, NCR Planning Board, and IIT Bombay, among others, also attended the event.
A major driver of socioeconomic growth, urbanization is an inevitable phenomenon for a developing country like India. The share of the urban population has already reached one-third of the total population, bringing both opportunities and challenges left to be addressed by Governments. AGI’s comprehensive report throws light on this state and pace of urbanization in India, and how active engagement among stakeholders using spatial planning tools as the foundation alone can pave the way forward.
The report also talks about the evolving governance framework behind various national-level programmes and initiatives, and the increasing relevance and capabilities of Geospatial technologies across urban development verticals. In response to the challenges that remain to be addressed, the report puts forth several recommendations, the crux being establishing a stronger relationship of central, state, and local self-government institutions in the country with the Geospatial industry and other stakeholders.
Speaking at the Seminar and Report Launch, Ghaziabad Municipal Commissioner IAS Mahendra Singh Tawar noted, “Had we been quicker to adopt Geospatial technologies, a lot of issues that ULBs are currently facing could have been resolved. Together, can still work towards penetration of the technology in planning and implementation to optimize resources, which are always limited. We are doing a lot of work at the State level with in-house GIS and Remote Sensing teams, but partnerships with the industry to advance our efforts are always welcome.”
MoHUA Director Rahul Kapoor talked about tackling urbanization challenges by involving all stakeholders toward a common goal, “Every city has its own set of complexities and challenges, which requires adjustment of common solutions by the industry to suit the local context. From the perspective of governance, problems like working in siloes, and lack of awareness and capacity exist. In working with the Data Smart Cities Strategy for the Smart Cities Mission, we have tried to create an enabling problem that allows all stakeholders – government, industry, academia, and civil society – to come together and resolve existing challenges. Data is definitely a key enabler.”
AGI’s Report on the Role of Geospatial Technologies for Urban Affairs is free to download and available on the AGI website. The apex industry body for the Geospatial industry in India invites all stakeholders to use the Report as a ready reference for the Urban sector and the transformative potential of Geospatial technologies in it.
Report Download link: https://agiindia.com/industry-reports/
For details, contact:
Ms. Sakshi Singh
Content Manager – Association of Geospatial Industries