Ahmedabad, the commercial capital of Gujarat, has joined the City Data for India Initiative, a collaboration of Tata Trusts and World Council on City Data. Bhopal, Bhuvaneshwar, Chennai and Vijayawada are the other new joiners of this initiative which would enable these cities to leverage high calibre data for improving urban planning, infrastructure investment and day-to-day operations management of these cities.
The City Data for India Initiative was launched by Tata Trusts in association with World Council on City Data and Pricewaterhouse Coopers, India in 2016 with the objective of creating a culture of data driven decision making in Indian cities. This partnership is geared towards bolstering Government of India’s mandate on engaging with effective benchmarking standards towards better accountability, transparency and governance.
Pune, Jamshedpur and Surat have since been recognised as the first ever in India to achieve WCCD ISO 37120 certification which is an assurance that they have sufficient city level data to enhance service deliveries to their inhabitants, as desired under the Smart City Initiative of the government.