Dhaka, Bangladesh: Digital topographic map, which is now under preparation, can save at least Tk 3.74 billion in a year, according to a recent study by Survey of Bangladesh (SoB), the national surveying and mapping agency.
The study concluded that digital topography maps could be used for communication, agriculture, infrastructure development, enforcement of law and order, disaster warning, defence, engineering and establishing e-governance for expediting work as well as reducing activation cost on a large scale.
Of Tk 3.74 billion, the SoB study estimated that transportation sector can save highest amount, Tk 980 million in a year followed by electricity sector (Tk 550 million), health and population (Tk 410 million), rural development (Tk 390 million), physical planning, water distribution and housing (Tk 365 million) and agriculture (Tk 301.60 million).
The study also estimated that the total economic benefit would be Tk 18.90 billion in a year, if indirect economic affects were accumulated with the direct benefit of the upcoming new digital map.
Considering the increase of demands of new maps, the SoB has decided to take a project under ‘Improvement of Digital Mapping System (IDMS)’ programme to prepare a new 1:25,000 scale digital topographic maps covering whole territory and 1:5,000 scale digital topographic maps covering five major cities.
Japan is supporting the project under its technical cooperation programme, ‘Bangladesh Digital Mapping Assistance Programme (BDMAP)’.
Source: The Financial Express