The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has enabled map services in Umang app through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with homegrown MapmyIndia.
Umang, which stands for Unified Mobile Application for New-Age Governance, is one of the key initiatives under the Digital India program to develop a common, unified platform and mobile app to facilitate a single point of access to all government services.
As a result of the integration of Umang with MapmyIndia Maps, citizens will be able to find government facilities nearest to their location, such as mandis, blood banks and much more, at the click of a button. They will also be able to see these on the most detailed and interactive street and village level maps of India, built by MapmyIndia.
Citizens will also be able to view the driving distance, get directions and turn by turn voice and visual guidance to locations, including traffic and road safety alerts during navigation, through the linkage between Umang app and MapmyIndia, the ministry said in a statement.
MeitY has taken various initiatives in the recent past to ease the lives of citizens by facilitating online delivery of government services and this move is aimed to further enhance the initiatives of Digital India program, and keeping in view the theme of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.
Umang app has already started to provide map functionality through MapmyIndia in the following services:
Mera Ration: Through Umang, users can identify and navigate to the nearest Fair Price Shops, as shops are visible in the form of pointers on MapmyIndia integrated map.
eNAM: Through Umang, ‘Mandi Near Me’ service will help users to identify and navigate to the nearby mandis pointed on the map.
Damini: ‘Damini Lightning Alerts’ service is to provide lightning alerts to users by giving a visual of nearby areas where lightning has struck in the last few minutes. This alert mechanism provides the possibility of lightning strikes on map view.
To further increase usefulness to citizens, the map functionality will be shortly enabled in many more services such as:
ESIC: Users can view ESIC centers such as hospitals/dispensaries on map view and navigate to them.
Indian Oil: With this service, you can locate nearby retail and distributors of gas stations as well as fuel filling stations.
NHAI: Users can view the toll plazas and toll rates information while travelling.
National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB): It provides information corresponding to nearby police stations on the map.
Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (Meri Sadak): It will help users to raise complaints of damaged roads (under PMGSY) by selecting the road on MapmyIndia platform.