Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal announces India’s first crowd-supported weather infrastructure

Deepinder Goyal, the CEO of Indian food delivery app Zomato, has announced his latest project, the Weather Union. The 41-year-old took to X to unveil ‘India’s first crowd-supported weather infrastructure, http://weatherunion.com’. He said it is the biggest private infrastructure of its kind in the nation, with a proprietary network of more than 650 on-ground weather stations.

Deepinder Goyal dressed as a Zomato delivery agent. Photo courtesy: Deepinder Goyal/Instagram
Deepinder Goyal dressed as a Zomato delivery agent. Photo courtesy: Deepinder Goyal/Instagram

Goyal stated that Zomato is providing free access to its weather infrastructure via an API (application programming interface) to all organisations and businesses in the nation.

“This rich data holds significant potential in unlocking weather use cases for enterprises and research institutes. Having already collaborated with CAS – IIT Delhi, we expect more institutions and companies to benefit from this and contribute towards the greater good of our economy,” the Zomato CEO said.

“At Zomato, it was crucial for us to have access to precise and real-time weather information to make the right business decisions to serve our customers better. Hence, we took it upon ourselves to develop a solution capable of empowering us on this front,” part of his tweet read.

Volunteers for weather station

According to the co-founder of Zomato, Weather Union wants to grow its infrastructure and will need volunteers to give them space so that it can do so.

“Many Zomato workers have also set up weather stations in their houses. We welcome volunteers who would like to give us space on their property so we can install these weather stations and support the development of the country as we look forward to further expanding this infrastructure,” he stated.

According to Goyal’s post, he is looking forward to more companies and research institutions contributing to this initiative.

(The article is published under a mutual content partnership arrangement between The Free Press Journal and Connected to India)