SUPARCO web portal to monitor PSDP projects

SUPARCO web portal to monitor PSDP projects
Federal Minister Asad Umar in meeting with SUPARCO officials

ISLAMABAD: The Planning Commission Department of Geo-Spatial Technology Cell of SUPARCO briefed the Federal Minister for Planning Development & Special Initiatives (MoPD&SI) regarding the progress of the web portal to support the MoPD&SI in order to utilize these solutions for evidence-based reporting and monitoring of PSDP projects incorporating satellite technology in Islamabad on Monday.

The meeting with SUPARCO was conducted to revamp the Monitoring & Evaluation (P&E) system having state of art technologies. The solutions developed were demonstrated to the Minister including data collection with geo-tagged real-time information and pictures offering both online and offline mechanisms for data transmission. The meeting was informed that SUPARCO is providing the first intact knowledge of the real-time project and every after four days they are able to see the ground progress of the project through this technology.

Federal Minister Asad Umar said that the weak P&E system in Planning Commission always resulted in delay/inefficiency in PSD Projects implementation causing massive overrun, increase in cost, and wastage of taxpayer money as well. “We need to have a clear idea of how this system can be used to monitor the quantitative and qualitative condition of projects, how well be these integrated with the system,” said Mr. Umar who also discussed the frequency of assessments and sought details at the next meeting on how the Planning Commission would coordinate monitoring and assessment information with future reports.

SUPARCO has recently developed a Web GIS Portal to monitor the infrastructure projects and successfully demonstrated to the Planning Commission. Minister appreciated SUPARCO to be part of this endeavor through satellite and GIS data analytics, geo-tagged field data collection and real-time implementation progress of the projects. The forum suggested further improvements and integration of the system with the Planning Commission system for effective monitoring.