BMC Testing App To Curb Urban Flooding In Bhubaneswar

20 December 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) in collaboration with German Development Cooperation (Giz), a renewables & environment company have developed an Information Communication Technology (ICT) based App called ‘Mu City Savior' to help citizens in minimizing the impact of urban flooding in the Capital city.

Co-creation methodology involving citizens has been used in developing the digital solution.

The ‘Mu City Savior' App will allow citizens to report the current status of identified critical points in his/her area of the city.

A pilot project has been taken up in Nayapalli and Shatabdi Nagar areas under BMC jurisdiction limits.

The smartphone-based App will collect three kinds of information from the citizens on whether there is any garbage in the drains, the water level in the drains and the flow of water in the drains.

The information collected through the App will automatically get fed to the analytical system, where it will be analyzed with pre-existing static information like vulnerability map of the area, type of drainage available, land use type, the population of the area and capacity of the drain, etc.

The analytical system will send a notification to the city officials with a priority list on a real-time basis.

"Mu City Savior has been designed to get immediate feedback from the public. A citizen using the APP can inform us that they are facing such kind of problem in so and so area. Immediately the particular area on the Bhubaneswar map in our control room will start to blink. So we will be able to know the location of the area where the public is facing a problem or likely to face a problem sitting in our control room. This is live mapping. Immediately, our engineering teams will get alerted and respond to the situation," explained Prem Chandra Chaudhury, Commissioner BMC to reporters here today.

"Currently, we are running a pilot project in Nayapalli and Shatabdi Nagar area. Later on, it will be extended to the whole of Bhubaneswar," he added. 

Prem Chandra Chaudhury, Commissioner, BMC