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    IIT-Madras develops data platform for efficiency gain of infra projects


    With an aim to facilitate governments, funding agencies, developers and researchers, Indian Institute of Technology Madras has developed an Integrated Database on Infrastructure Projects (IDIP). The data platform, launched last week is aimed at enhancing the efficiency of infrastructure development in India and enable effective decision-making among different stakeholders involved.

    According to the press release by IIT Madras, the initial focus would be on the road sector, which has received the highest private investment among all infrastructure sectors.
    In addition to roads, other transportation sectors such as railways, ports, and airports would also be included in the platform shortly.

    In the next phase, the coverage of IDIP would also encompass other sectors of infrastructure such as power, transmission, water supply, sanitation and solid waste management.
    Highlighting the unique points of this database, principal investigator of the project, A ThillaiRajan of IIT-M said that availability of high quality and reliable data has been biggest bugbear in the Indian Infrastructure Development. The objective of IDIP is to address this strong need.

    The platform includes data coverage across the project life cycle comprising development, construction and operation phases. Over 50 different parameters are tracked for the projects and data was curated and validated from multiple sources.

    The platform covers almost all the PPP road projects awarded so far, including those awarded by the state governments.


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