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While the country has been pushing ahead on the Digital India Mission, its capital’s municipal corporations and their hospitals, dispensaries and schools are running on 256kbps connectivity. TOI has already reported how over 9,000 birth and death certificates are pending due to the slow processing for lack of internet resources. This weakness in the civic bodies’ IT infrastructure, originally created in 2008, could now be remedied to contemporary standards. The three municipal corporations have issued joint tenders for the revamp of the digitalZ infra to raise connectivity in hospital/schools sixteen-fold.

Prior to its trifurcation, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi was the second largest municipal body in the world with 272 wards, only Tokyo being bigger in terms of area. “An e- governance initiative was taken-up by MCD in 2008 to harness the power of the information & communication platform to achieve its vision,” says the joint report of the corporations. Prior to 2008, the various departments of MCD had taken up IT projects independently and these operated in isolation.

Languishing as far as modern connectivity is concerned, Delhi’s municipal bodies run 1,800 schools and 66 hospitals and dispensaries on just 256 kbps connections, slower than home internet these days. Six larger hospitals and 56 regional/division offices runs on 512 kbps, 12 zonal offices on 10 mbps and the Civic Centre headquarters, on 35 mbps.

An SDMC official said there was a big pendency on issue of birth/death certificates due to the slow internet speed that allows only a limited number of cases to be processed daily. “The commissioner had ordered all four zonal offices to avail new broadband connections to increase the daily processing speed to 80-100 birth certificates,” the official said. An education department official said that the teachers relied on their personal data packs for online education.

The number of connections, backup infrastructure and net speeds will be boosted in the new project. “There will be 15,490 user points across the three corporations with significant increase in internet speeds,” an official disclosed. Importantly, 1,850 schools will get 4 mbps access, while 666 hospitals/dispensaries will get 2,900 user points with 4 mbps speed. The connectivity speed for the six large hospitals and 73 MCD regional offices has been fixed at 10 mbps.


Autor(en)/Author(s): Paras Singh

Quelle/Source: The Times of India, 11.02.2021

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