Bangalore to be e-governed from April

Tuesday, 21 December 2004, 08:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE: Come April 2005 and this IT capital of India will have a 24/7 online portal through which its six million residents can access two dozen government-to citizen (G2C) services.

Mumbai-based CMS Computers Ltd and Hyderabad-based Ram Informatics Ltd have bagged the Bangalore One (B1) e-governance project, a 100 million ($2.3 million) initiative of the Karnataka government. It will function on Microsoft's .NET platform.

"The e-governance services will commence operations from 15 dedicated centres across Bangalore under phase one. By next year-end, another 35 centres will be opened in and around the city to cover a majority of the population in the second phase," Karnataka e-governance secretary Rajeev Chawla told reporters here Monday.

The consortium bagged the project through a nationwide open tender floated by the government.

The vendors (CMS-led consortium) will operate the system, provide staff to man the counters and set up a data centre for hosting the B1 applications. The data centre will also act as a disaster recovery centre.

The state government is implementing the project in association with the National Institute of Smart Government (NSIG). NSIG is also partly funding the project under the information and communication technologies development project, sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme.

"The centre is also chipping in funds under the National e-Governance Action Plan, for replication across the country," Chawla, who pioneered the computerisation of land records for farmers in the state (Bhoomi project), disclosed.

Source: IANS
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