New Delhi, India: A year after the Delhi government, India, launched its much-publicised INR 120-crore geo-spatial project to map the land and utility service records of the city using GPS technology, it has been observed that its officials prefer sticking to the old ways. Hence the Delhi State Government is now planning to enact a law to ensure that its officials use the technology in everyday applications.
Rakesh Mehta, Chief Secretary of the Delhi government, said, “The draft bill is expected to be put before the cabinet soon and thereafter, before the assembly in April. It will then be sent to the Centre for ratification.” The reason, Mehta admits, is that getting departments on board has been an uphill task. “We have asked all 33 departments to submit three applications listing where the technology will be used but since the technology is new, comfort level is low in the departments,” said Mehta. The law is expected to provide the departments with the fillip to find that comfort level, especially as those found unwilling to use the technology will be penalised under the draft bill.
The government has recently also set up a specific corporation, the geo-spatial Delhi corporation, for the implementation of the applications for which an MD has been hired from ISRO, reported TOI. In the first phase of the project, mapping of the utility lines and land records, only rural, has been done. The next phase will employ 63 cameras across the city for a visual update of the real-time data. While DJB (water supply division of Delhi Govt.) has already started using the GIS map, the fire department is also being updated on the system.
With the geo-spatial project, the government expects to map utilities like water, sewer, telephone and power lines and make the information available on a portal, enabling the departments concerned to undertake preventive maintenance works as well as locate faults in the underground utilities with precision.