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GHMC to spend 230 million on ICT

GHMC to spend 230 million on ICT
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With an emphaisis on converting Hyderabad into a Smart City, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) will spend Rs 230 million or 0.5 per cent of its budget on Information and Communications Technology (ICT). ICT is an umbrella term that includes any communication device or application, encompassing radio, television, cellular phones,

The civic body will spend about 0.5 per cent of its budget to boost Information and Communication Technology framework

With an emphaisis on converting Hyderabad into a Smart City, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) will spend Rs 230 million or 0.5 per cent of its budget on Information and Communications Technology (ICT). ICT is an umbrella term that includes any communication device or application, encompassing radio, television, cellular phones, computer and network hardware and software, satellite systems and so on, as well as the various services and applications associated with them, such as videoconferencing and distance learning. ICTs are often spoken of in a particular context, such as ICTs in education, healthcare, or libraries.

The plan was mentioned in a survey conducted by Schneider Electric India which is a global energy management firm. The survey titled ‘ICT in Urban Governance – Survey’ stressed that higher ICT budgets were required for faster conversion of existing cities into Smart Cities. With civic agencies in 53 cities across India responding to the survey, the report revealed ICT adoption among cities varied according to their size, requirements, financial resources and approach to ICT by the city’s Commissioners and IT heads.

“Hyderabad was among 10 civic agencies in India with the highest municipal budgets for 2014-15, accounting for 38 per cent of agencies with budgets exceeding Rs 10,000 million. With a municipal budget of approximately Rs 46,000 million, Hyderabad will spend up to 0.5 per cent or Rs 230 million on ICT deployment in 2014-15,” the survey reported.

Stressing the importance of higher budget allocations and prudent spends on ICT, Anil Chaudhry, country president and managing director, Schneider Electric India, said, “The present Government’s vision of building 100 Smart Cities will be contingent upon the efficient adoption of ICT solutions.

In turn, this needs support at the ground level, along with robust budget allocations for ICT. Accordingly, spends should be increased and allocated budgets spent judiciously for the government’s vision of Smart Cities to become a reality.”

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