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PIB 25th February 2021


  1. MoHUA launches NUDM, IUDX, GMIS, CiX and SmartCode



The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has launched the National Urban Digital Mission (NUDM), India Urban Data Exchange (IUDX) platform and SmartCode platform.

The City Innovation Exchange (CiX) platform was launched by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).


GS-II: Polity and Governance (Government Interventions)

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. National Urban Digital Mission (NUDM)
  2. India Urban Data Exchange (IUDX)
  3. SmartCode Platform
  4. Geospatial Management Information System (GMIS)
  5. City Innovation Exchange (CiX)

National Urban Digital Mission (NUDM)

  • The National Urban Digital Mission (NUDM) has been launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in partnership with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY).
  • NUDM aims to build the shared digital infrastructure that will strengthen the capacity of the urban ecosystem to solve complex problems.
  • The digital infrastructure will be built across three pillars of 1-People, 2-Process and 3-Platform to provide holistic support to cities and towns.
  • NUDM aims to institutionalize a citizen-centric and ecosystem-driven approach to urban governance and service delivery.
  • NUDM will be completed in 2022 cities by 2022 and further, it will be expanded across all cities and towns in India by 2024.
  • The digital infrastructure will help cities to consolidate and cross-leverage the various digital initiatives of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
  • It will also enable the cities and towns to benefit from holistic and diverse forms of support, such as satisfying the needs and local challenges of the towns and cities.
  • NUDM has articulated a set of governing principles, and inherits the technology design principles of the National Urban Innovation Stack (NUIS).
  • NUIS will strengthen the capacity of the urban ecosystem to solve complex programs at speed and scale by unlocking the power of urban data.

India Urban Data Exchange (IUDX)

  • India Urban Data Exchange (IUDX) has been developed in partnership between the Smart Cities Mission and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru to address the problem of data silos (data silo is a group of raw data that is accessible by one department but isolated from the rest of the organization) both within and across cities.
  • It is an open-source software platform which facilitates the secure, authenticated, and managed exchange of data amongst various data platforms, 3rd party authenticated and authorised applications, and other sources.
  • It serves as a seamless interface for data providers and data users, including Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), to share, request, and access datasets related to cities, urban governance, and urban service delivery.

SmartCode Platform

  • SmartCode is a platform that enables all ecosystem stakeholders to contribute to a repository of open-source code for various solutions and applications for urban governance.
  • It is designed to address the challenges that ULBs face in the development and deployment of digital applications to address urban challenges, by enabling cities to take advantage of existing codes and customising them to suit local needs, rather than having to develop new solutions from scratch.

Geospatial Management Information System (GMIS)

  • Geospatial Management Information System (GMIS) is a web-based, spatially-enabled management tool, providing one-stop access to information.
  • GMIS integrates information from multiple sources and features search options by topic and geographic area.

City Innovation Exchange (CiX)

  • City Innovation Exchange (CiX) will connect cities to innovators across the national ecosystem to design innovative solutions for their pressing challenges.
  • The platform will ease the discovery, design & validation of solutions through a robust, transparent and user centric process that will reduce barriers for innovators and cities to discover fitting solutions.
  • City Innovation Exchange (CiX) platform will be a significant addition to the growing innovation ecosystem of India and focuses on fostering innovative practices in cities.
  • CiX, through an ‘open innovation’ process, engages with innovators to design-test-deliver on solutions to pressing urban challenges.
  • Through interaction with the Academia and Businesses/Startups, the platform will benefit cities in the transfer of ideas from ‘labs’ to real environment.
  • Similarly, by helping urban governments interact with citizens, the platform will ensure adoption of tested solutions that will be impactful and sustainable.  

-Source: PIB

February 2024