PM Modi Unveils Genesys Digital Twin Mapping Project for Varanasi’s Urban Transformation

February 28, 2024, (Wednesday), New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Digital Twin project in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi with a mission to update the city’s infrastructure, address important urban challenges, and transform Varanasi’s urban planning and governance. The ambitious is being carried out in partnership with mapping pioneer and AGI member Genesys International Corporation.

Genesys is partnering with the Varanasi Smart City (VSCL) to create a comprehensive 160 square kilometer 3D Digital Twin. With the help of the Genesys New India Map stack, this project aims to produce a precise three-dimensional model of Varanasi that captures its processes, physical characteristics, and connections. At Rs 7 crores, the project represents a substantial investment in Varanasi’s technological development.

As a comprehensive depiction of Varanasi’s physical surroundings, the Urban Spatial 3D Digital Twin will allow for focused interventions to address issues like waste management, flood control, urban mobility, traffic congestion, and tourism promotion.

The project guarantees an exacting degree of precision and detail in the city model by combining 360-degree street panoramic imagery, terrestrial mobile LiDAR, and manned aerial LiDAR mapping. Genesys’s network of sensors is powering the development of an urban digital twin that spans the country.
Apart from Varanasi, Genesys has executed street imaging projects in roughly 1500 Indian towns and cities, and it works with Google Maps on related projects.

Improving governance through a geo-enabled Decision Support System (DSS) and encouraging departmental collaboration and communication is one of the main goals of the Digital Twin initiative. The project enables responsive coordination and well-informed decision-making across multiple administrative domains by offering analytical mapping capabilities.

On the occasion, Sajid Malik, CMD, Genesys International Corporation, shared his excitement about project. “It is a momentous occasion for us to Digital Twin Varanasi. Our 3D city data will be integrated into various development schemes and projects, ” Sajid noted. The simulation capabilities offered by the Digital Twin will aid urban planning efforts, allowing predictive visualisation of infrastructure projects such as flyovers, foot over bridges, and road-widening. Moreover, the precise elevation models provided by LiDAR technology will lay the groundwork for ambitious waterways transport projects.”

The Urban Spatial 3D Digital Twin project is poised to steer Varanasi towards smarter, more resilient urban governance, better equipped to handle current and future urban challenges. With the use of cutting-edge spatial technologies, Varanasi can become an exemplar in sustainable urban development, inspiring other Indian cities to follow suit.

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