The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), West Bengal (India) will fully implement its e-Governance platform in 16 months time.
In short, the days of visiting the civic body office to file property tax, obtain birth and death certificates, licenses or making various payments will soon be over. The entire gamut of civic processes will be available online and though dedicated kiosks set up for this purpose. Stating this, KMC commissioner Alapan Bandhopadhyay said the entire e-Governance platform would be made available 24×7 in a phased manner. While KMC has roped in a host of consultants for the e-Governance project including TCS and KPMG, BSNL has been appointed as the network service provider. UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) has provided Rs 200 crore grant for implementation of the project. The chief minister said the e-Governance project would hopefully reduce corruption levels at KMC. The idea is to reduce corruption, increase transparency and inject pace into KMC’s functioning. KMC has received an offer from BSNL to set up these kiosks in some 4,000-odd BSNL telephone booths spread across the city.