HYDERABAD: In what might be termed as yet one more train in futility, the state authorities’s bold plan to interchange the time-tested, conventional home addressing system with a ‘less complicated’ eight-character code has didn’t impress many. Confusion is the one consequence of those new ‘sensible’ addresses, consultants rue.
The state authorities, in April, entered into an settlement with Zippr, a city-based start-up that’s making an attempt to ‘simplify’ home addresses by producing eight-character alphanumeric home codes — for now, in sure areas of the town.
Whereas the initiative discovered a number of crusaders, most residents in addition to officers from the division of posts (DoP) have raised doubts over the usefulness of the scheme for the frequent man.
“Within the postal division, we rely quite a bit on pin codes and door numbers as they include all the knowledge required by a postman to ship a letter or parcel,” stated Yesu Natham, a senior officer within the DoP.
For instance, the deal with for the Telangana Secretariat reads NTR Marg, Public Gardens, Khairatabad, Hyderabad, Telangana 500004. However within the new system, its code is the emotionless TSSC6666.
What’s unusual, says Natham, is that there was no official notification issued to the division of posts until date about these so-called sensible addresses.
“If the state authorities is planning to give you a brand new format for addresses, the postal division ought to have been knowledgeable. We’ve not acquired a single notification both from the state authorities or the GHMC,” he stated. The prevailing system of postal supply, he added, relies on a beat checklist, the place the postman delivers mail primarily based on his space or locality.
Natham’s ideas discovered resonance in these aired by the officers of the GHMC’s home numbering cell. Additionally they claimed they’ve been left in the dead of night concerning the initiative, which is already six-months outdated.
“We shouldn’t have any data concerning the pilot challenge that has been taken up by Zippr. It’s being dealt with by the IT division immediately,” stated G Narsamma, metropolis planner, home numbering cell.
Aside kind civic authorities, city planning consultants resembling V Satyanarayan, member of the Institute of City Planners India (ITPI), additionally raised eyebrows over the federal government’s try and ‘simplify’ city residing.
“As an alternative of strengthening the home numbering cell, the federal government is developing with new methods to confuse the frequent man. It might maybe be of assist to those that are tech-savvy. The system that’s presently in use has all the knowledge pertaining to a home. The brand new system would solely result in extra confusion, and thus, a delay in service supply,” he stated.
All these considerations, nevertheless, have been brushed apart by these working with the federal government to implement this initiative. They declare that the brand new codes would make service supply straightforward as it could embrace metadata data that might additionally cowl the home quantity.
“We had been approached by the state authorities to implement this challenge. We’re utilizing all the knowledge pertaining to accommodate numbering accessible with the GHMC and utilizing it to assign localities with a shorter eight character code. This might make service supply simpler with summarized details about the home quantity,” stated Parikshith Reddy, director of partnerships, Zippr.
“Below the pilot challenge, we’ve got already begun issuing Zippr codes to almost 14,000 properties in areas resembling Srinagar Colony and Kondapur. We anticipate to convey your complete metropolis below this scheme by the top of the primary quarter subsequent 12 months,” he added.
In reality, as per the GHMC data, the initiative has not been restricted to a pilot challenge, with the civic physique making a budgetary allocation of Rs 5 crore for the challenge in 2015-16.
So, What’s This All About?
* In April, the federal government entered into an settlement with Zippr, a start-up, to generate alphanumeric home codes
* Below the pilot challenge, the corporate says it has already issued 14,000 deal with codes in areas resembling Srinagar Colony and Kondapur
* The Telangana Secretariat’s Zippr deal with is TSSC6666
* Nevertheless, the division of posts in addition to GHMC’s home numbering cell appear to be in the dead of night about these developments
* Officers and consultants really feel that the system would solely create confusion among the many frequent man