Over 120,000 building number plates have been installed across the country as part of the Onwani (My address) system, a senior official of the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning said yesterday.
Another 30,000 were installed inside building units, including residential compounds, commercial and administrative complexes in towns and villages, said Amer Al Humaidi, Director, Planning and Projects, Center for Geographic Information System (CGIS) at the ministry.
The unified building number system (My Address) is an integrated database serving government departments and individuals to locate buildings. The database has been used for services, including health, education and security.
Onwani was used effectively in the recent mini-population census at the national level, added Al Humaidi. The National Health Insurance Company (NHIC) has made Onwani mandatory for health service providers and beneficiaries under the national health insurance scheme (Seha) from January 1, 2016, according to the Facebook account of the ministry.
Beneficiaries of Seha need to update addresses at any of the health insurance service providers or by calling 8008800 to add numbers of building, street and area. Service providers under Seha have been informed to include this information, according the ministry website.
The service is connected to the Internet and it is easy to access and use. Q-Post is studying the possibility of using My Address to deliver posts at homes across the country, said Al Humaidi.
The second phase of the project will include numbering inside buildings, and ‘this blue board includes odd numbers without repetitions or mistakes’ according to Al Humaidi.
Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage H E Dr Hamad Abdulaziz Al Kuwari praised the Onwani project during a visit to the CGIS pavilion at an exhibition. He said, “The project assumes high importance for simplifying and facilitating the provision of services to citizens and residents and serving the requirements of the comprehensive urban development under way in Qatar.”
The expo organised by Qatar Finance Centre ends today.
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