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Delhi to use RS tech to check encroachments

New Delhi, India: Delhi, capital city of India will be mapped using remote sensing and GIS technology, according to the Master Plan of Delhi 2021. It will help detect and prevent unauthorised development and encroachment on public land and facilitate the protection of green belts, Economic Times reported. The master plan aims to provide homes to people who do not have a permanent address in the national capital.

According to Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Delhi has still 27,628.9 hectares of land to fulfil the dreams of thousand of homebuyers. For this, DDA has earmarked these land zones as J, K1, K2, M, N, L, O, P1 and P2. As per projections worked out in the plan, a total of 24 lakh dwelling units will be required for a projected population of 23 million by 2021.

Ram Gopal Gupta, former additional commissioner planning in DDA, said, “In the new master plan of Delhi which has already been approved in February 2007, a policy of largescale acquisitions, development and disposal of land does not seem to be feasible. Therefore, private partners should come forward to acquire land and develop it. For this, there must be a policy and plan for all land use, including housing which would address issues like legal documentation, replanning, redevelopment, reconstruction of housing in sub-standard areas like unauthorised colonies, unauthorised regularised colonies, urban-rural villages, census towns, jhuggi clusters, resettlement colonies and slum areas use of TDR (transfer of development rights) and all the other activities in public-private partnership. There must be transparency at all costs and information must be disseminated through all sources.”

Source: Economic Times