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Delhi to implement geospatial law from November 15

New Delhi, India: The Delhi State Government in India is considering implementing the Delhi Geographical Spatial Data Infrastructure Act 2011 from November 15, 2011. Under the Act, all state departments and civic agencies have to mandatorily access, use and share information on all projects and update Delhi’s spatial database. The database, an interconnected 3D global information system, captures the demographics of the capital and utilities like stormwater drains, sewer lines, roads, infrastructure and urban planning projects through secured communication networks.

Geospatial Delhi Ltd. along with the Chief Secretary of Delhi as its Chairman will be in charge of maintaining and updating the database. Constituted about two years ago, the company has now sought applications from experts trained in handling the specialized database. It proposes to hire 30 to 40 geospatial advisers on contract for one year. Each adviser will be paid INR 70,000 per month.

According to senior officials of the Delhi government, the specialized staff will be required to manage and ensure that the database is updated regularly. The information technology secretary, Rajendra Kumar, said that once the Delhi Geographical Spatial Data Infrastructure (Management, Control, Administration, Security and Safety) Act, 2011, was implemented, all departments would be expected to share information on the status of the projects and also update the database on a monthly basis. Each department and civic agency will have a dedicated section where the database can be accessed and updated.

“For instance, if the PWD is making a road, the status of the project must appear on the database and on a monthly basis, the status will have to be updated. This will not only help track a project and prevent delays but also help other agencies planning utilities to coordinate their processes,” Kumar said.

The database, covering 1,500 square kilometres, provides ground-based actual information system that details infrastructure and utilities above ground, on the ground and below the ground up to 12 feet with maps. It involves capturing geographical and urban features for systematic and coordinated urban planning, project implementation and overall governance.

Source: TOI