New App to identify potholes in roads

The department is utilising technology to improve governance and service delivery


Our Correspondent January 22, 2021
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PESHAWAR:

The Planning and Developing Department is developing a new app which will be used by the general public to identify broken roads or any civic problems.

It will be called ‘pothole fixer’. The department is utilising technology to improve governance and service delivery to better respond to the needs of the people.

The GIS Cell of the Planning and Development Department is in the process of developing a mobile application "Pothole Fixer" to be piloted in Peshawar district.

The application will provide an interface to its users to register their complaints if they observe any road potholes by taking a picture and sharing it on the application in real-time.

The application will be based on the existing GIS platform of the department and will link up on the basis of the current location (coordinates) of the complainant.

The reported complaint will be examined automatically by the relevant government department, such as Communication and Works, Pakhtunkhwa Highway Authority, National Highway Authority, Local Government Authorities, etc.

These updates were presented to the Additional Chief Secretary, Shakeel Qadir Khan, who was chairing a review meeting of the GIS Cell here today. The meeting was also attended by Secretary P&DD, Chief Economist P&DD and officials of GIS Cell.

The meeting was also informed that the GIS has been extended to 35 districts across the province by setting up GIS Cells. The GIS Cell has also mapped a total of 35,817 locations against 8,230 schemes of the Annual Development Programme since 2017-18.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 22nd, 2021.

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