I’m the city savior/Mu City Savior: Preventing urban flooding and improving public services with a co-created digital solution

Potential climate/ disaster impacts addressed by approach & Justification for approach:

Heavier rainfall and changing, less predictable rainfall patterns resulting from climate change coupled with inadequate disposal of solid waste (often directly into the drains) exacerbate this challenge. Mu City Savior allows citizens to report on identified critical points in the urban drainage system in real-time. This data, in turn, promotes an evidence-based cleaning schedule on behalf of municipal staff, which also considers data about affected population, business, health, and traffic, as well as hydrological data like normal predictions and regular rainfall data, type of drainage, etc. Over time, the accrued data provides decision-makers with evidence to adapt future urban planning in a climate-resilient and sustainable manner. The tool’s name means “I am city savior” in Odia, the regional language of Odisha.

Process of Implementation:

Mu City Savior is an interactive digital solution, designed to facilitate data exchange between citizens and the municipal administration in the maintenance and clearing of the city’s (stormwater) drainage systems. Co-created, tested, and implemented in the city of Bhubaneswar in the Indian state of Odisha, it aims to support municipal urban stormwater management while raising awareness about climate change impacts on cities. Bhubaneshwar and its citizens are prone to flooding during the seasonal monsoons.

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