India: At a time when the members of various cantonment boards have been raising the issue of encroachment of defence land, the Southern Command of Indian Army has asked the Bombay Engineering Group (BEG) to carry out a survey to prepare a digital database of the defence land.
“The GPS-based reading of the places is being taken and are later mapped out. This will help in better land management as the Southern Command will have the digital record of its land. Like a google map, the buildings and other defence establishments can be located at the click of a mouse,” said an official.
BEG engineers are mapping the positions of different buildings with the help of Trimble station equipments in the crowded cantonment areas. “We have a surveyor as a trade in the BEG and the survey, besides helping the Southern Command to maintain the land map, is also training our students. The engineer jawans of the 2010 batch are being used to carry out the survey. They are plotting the places on the map based on their longtitude and latitude difference,” said an official.
The survey on the land data is coming at a time when the cantonment boards have been receiving complaints that their land has seen encroachment at different places. The issue of land encroachment was recently raised in a meeting of the Dehu Road cantonment board by the members.
Vice President of the Dehu Road cantonment board, Sanjay Pinjan, said, that the land in the cantonment area has not been demarcated at many places. “It is due to the fact that there has been no proper demarcation of the land that there have been instances of land encroachment. There have been 5-6 cases of land encroachment.”
Source: Indian Express