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Digitized maps solve civic problems in Bangalore

Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) officials in India no longer need to dig an entire stretch of a road to detect a simple snag. It can now be done with just a click of a button. BMP has launched GIS for Domlur (ward 72) and Gurappanapalya (Ward 64), where planning and maintenance of all civic amenities will be done using this system. Under GIS, BMP has digitized all amenities like drains, parks, public taps, streetlights and properties (both private and public) in these wards. Work on preparing similar GIS for rest of 98 wards is already underway, and it is expected to be complete by early next year.

BMP has tied up with National Remote Sensing Agency (NASA) for availing technical assistance for the project. The future plans include GIS being up linked on its website for an efficient complaint management system, once it is implemented in all 100 wards. Citizens can then lodge a complaint about a faulty amenity, using GIS information. Besides, BMP has also taken up digital mapping of all species of roadside trees.