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BMC plans mapping utilities

India: The Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to integrate in the new development plan a map of the current utilities, which could foster better co-ordination between the various agencies running these services.

BMC recently submitted a detailed mapping proposal to the state government. The BMC's utilities, like sewers and water lines, will be described in distinct colours, while those maintained by other agencies would have a separate colour code in the map to be generated by a geographic information system.

"After the city's roads are brought under the common umbrella of the BMC, the process of issuing permissions for digging trenches and restoring the spaces can be better coordinated, said a BMC official.

Amit Satam BJP corporator from Andheri, who had raised the issue of inexact digging by various agencies, said, " Marking out the utilities in the development plan would solve 40 per cent of the problems of our roads. Repeated and inexact digging of public spaces by multiple agencies was noted as a inconvenience, but often these stretches are not restored properly.

Source: DNA