BMC in India may turn to GIS during calamities

BMC in India may turn to GIS during calamities

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation of Mumbai in India is interested in introducing GIS for dealing with any future calamities like the devastating rains on July 26. Using GIS, the disaster relief and emergency management organisations in the US were able to ascertain the effect of Hurricane Rita much before it approached the city. The BMC officials present are interested and have asked the ESRI to give them a blueprint on how GIS can be set up in the city. The ESRI officials, however, could not respond to this immediately as they said implementation of GIS may last from a few months to several years. The cost of implementation and maintenance also differs for various projects.