Ram Informatics bags 5-year contract to implement BangaloreOne in Karnataka

Hyderabad, Dec 26 | Updated: Dec 27 2004, 05:30am hrs
Soon Bangaloreans will have the convenience of making all their utility services payments at a particular place. If e-Seva is the most succesful e-governance project for the Andhra Pradesh government, BangaloreOne is to emerge as its equivalent for the neighbouring Karnataka government.

Having successfully implemented Indias first government to citizen (G2C) - e-Seva - project in AP, Hyderbad-based Ram Informatics, in association with CMS Computers Ltd, has bagged a prestigious five-year contract from the Karnataka government to implement BangaloreOne an e-governance project similar to e-Seva on build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) basis.

Speaking to FE, R Jagadeeswara Rao, executive director, Ram Informatics, said: We have signed an agreement with the Karnataka government on December 20 for implementing and maintaining the BangaloreOne project. The agreement is for five years with an option to be renewed thereafter, he said.

The project, to be implemented on the Microsoft .NET platform (it was on the Java platform for AP), will commence from April next year and the first phase will be completed within the 12 months.

The Karnataka government will initially provide the services in Bangalore by setting up 15 BangaloreOne centres to provide all kind of services for the common public to pay their utility services payments, Mr Rao said.

We will be covering 24 different utility services in the first phase, including telephone, water, electricity, property registration tax, commercial tax, road transport, birth and death certificates, enabling the citizens to make payments through BangaloreOne centres, Mr Rao said.

Data of some of the important departments of the state government, including electricity, water board, Bangalore Mahanagar Palika, registration & stamps, Road Transport Authority, commercial taxes, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd and Road Transport Corporation Ltd, will be networked suitably, using the .NET platform, he said.

The initial project cost will run into tens of crores of rupees and will go up sharply when the project is extended to the entire state, Mr Rao said. He, however, refused to disclose the exact cost of the project.

The BangaloreOne project expects to witness 10 crore transactions in the first year of implementation and start generating huge revenues for the state government from the first year of operations, he said, adding the revenue model will be per-transaction-based cost.

Moreover, the company is on the verge of signing similar agreements with the Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh governments to implement in Mumbai and Lucknow and also holding talks with other state governments, Mr Rao said.