LBS To Drive Smart Cities In India, Says Govt.

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jun 04, 2015


Smart cities will have to depend on smart location. Thererfore Location Based Services (LBS) and the right use of them can help drive smart cities development. The proposed National Land Use Policy, which seeks to regulate land use efficiently, would help in augmenting the use of waste and non-cultivable land and integrating them with LBS would make it easier to update and maintain digitized land records.

Vandana Kumari Jena, Secretary, Department of Land Resources, Ministry of Rural Development, stated this in New Delhi on Wednesday at a conference on ‘Location Based Services 2015: Transforming Coordinates to Business’ organized by FICCI in partnership with the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India.

Speaking about how LBS could transform India’s landscape, she said that the government has been trying to digitize land records of the country and so far 23 states have digitized its records and 24 states have a computerized registration for land.

According to a FICCI’s release, she added that only 10 states have integrated the two systems. Hence, to leverage the true potential of LBS, it was necessary that all states of India have real-time information on land records.

Citing the example of Gujarat, Jena said that it was one of the states in the country which had been able to update and digitize its land records with physical resurvey after digital mapping of the region.

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She added that the digitized land records instantly provide information to investors and businesspersons, who are contemplating to start a business or invest in the region with details about available land and other related data.

Jena said that a strong political will was required for digitization of land records. ICT should also be extended to rural areas. The northeastern states of India, lack data and it needs to be addressed.

She added that throughout the country if the land records were updated and real-time data was available for both urban and rural India, then LBS would play a critical role in integrating various sectors and providing services to the people.

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On the occasion a FICCI-PwC report, ‘Location Based Services for Smart Cities’, was released by the dignitaries. The report recommends that in order to mitigate challenges and ensure effective implementation of LBS along with smart city components across cities, there is a need to use LBS during assessment of city master planning; create a single agency for generating, collecting and utilising location and geospatial data of a city and frame a policy for data security and privacy.

A. Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI, said that LBS has multi-sectoral applications. With the focus of the government on smart cities, the usage of LBS-enabled application would increase manifold. Emerging technologies, like LBS would be extremely beneficial and appropriate in handling the current state of economic development, urbanization, population growth, level of infrastructure and rising expectation of the people, he added.