For the benefit of city residents, the Chandigarh administration launched mDirectory - a mobile directory that provides contact details such as address, telephone number and email address of the offices of administration and its key officials.
Developed by the department of information technology, mDirectory can be downloaded free of cost from the administration's web portal www.chandigarh.gov.in and it will be also be made available for download from government of India's mobile app store.
This on-the-go app provides contact details of various departments of the administration that anyone may need anytime, anywhere. This android-based mobile application has a simple user-friendly interface and enables the users to run searches based on the names of departments, officers and their designations.
This electronic directory has been integrated with Google Maps and it also provides to its users the shortest route to reach the offices listed in it. This is first-of-its-kind mDirectory to have been launched by any state or union territory, and once installed it will also work without internet connectivity.
The Chandigarh administration mDirectory was formally launched by UT adviser KK Sharma at a function organised by the department of information technology on Tuesday.
Sharma said, “The Chandigarh administration recognises the potential that the convergence of mobile communications and mobile devices specially hold for improving the government-citizen interface.”
He further stated that mDirectory would go a long way in heralding an era of mGovernance in the region.
Sharma urged the IT department to develop more such public utility applications for the convenience of residents.
Secretary, information technology, Prerna Puri said mDirectory would enhance public's accessibility to the administration. She stated that the application listed around 400 entries and provided an interface for the users to directly call or email various officials of the Chandigarh administration.