What is the Call Before u Dig application launched by PM?

Source: The post is based on the article “What is the Call Before u Dig application launched by PM?” published in Indian Express on 23rd March 2023

What is the News?

The Prime Minister has launched the ‘Call Before u Dig’ (CBuD) app.

What is the Call Before u Dig(CBuD) app?

Launched by: Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications.

Aim: To prevent damage to underlying assets like optical fiber cables that occurs because of uncoordinated digging and excavation, leading to losses of about Rs 3,000 crore every year.

How does the app work?

The CBuD app will connect excavators and asset owners through SMS/Email notifications and click-to-call so that there are planned excavations in the country while ensuring the safety of underground assets.

The app will give excavating companies a point of contact where they can inquire about the presence of existing subsurface utilities prior to starting excavation work. Utility owners can also find out about impending work at the location.

Significance of the app: This will save potential business loss and minimize discomfort to the citizens due to reduced disruption in essential services like road, telecom, water, gas and electricity.

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