The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)- Madras launched a data platform to enhance the efficiency of infrastructure development in India by presenting data as a tool for effective decision-making, India Today reports. The data platform was launched on 29 May at the World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR) held at IIT Bombay.
The ‘Integrated Database on Infrastructure Projects’ (IDIP) will initially focus on the road sector as it has the highest allocation of funds among other projects, and has the highest private investment through Public Private Partnership (PPP).
IDIP will curate and validate data extracted from various sources to cover projects undertaken by State and National governments along with their PPP. It will also collect data from National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) EPC projects.
The platform will then use the data to create visual analytics and data points to facilitate ease of decision-making to track progress and monitor the projects. IDIP will eventually be applied to other sectors of Railways, Ports and Airports, Power, Transmission, Water Supply, Sanitation and Solid Waste management.