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Delhi to use satellite data to map development

New Delhi, India: To keep track of the development being carried out in National Capital Region (NCR), the government has commissioned a study based on inputs from satellite imageries. The data, that will show the change in land use between 1999 and 2012, will be used for realistic planning in the region. It will also reveal which cities have grossly violated comprehensive urban development norms.

A senior official of NCR Planning Board said that they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Hyderabad-based National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) to carry the study and report whether the development in all zones is being carried out in sync with Regional Plan-2021. The satellite mapping would cover 33,578 sq km in 16 districts and four sub-regions.

As per the MoU, the satellite imagery will capture the built-up area, the land use pattern, transport facilities and green cover. Though all these years there have been reports of state governments not following the regional plan, but NCRPB does not have any data to prove this. “When you don’t have data, how can you pull up any state? We will have consultations with state governments while reviewing Regional Plan-2021,” said an official. The NRSC data will be crucial for the planning board while finalizing the land use plan and incorporating new changes in the sub-regional plan.

Source: TOI