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Eye in sky to track illegal building in Delhi

After being pulled up by the Delhi High Court for inaction on unauthorised buildings and commercial misuse of residential properties in Rohini and New Friends Colony, Delhi, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has come up with the idea of using satellite maps of Delhi to check such activity. A four-member committee headed has submitted a proposal to use GIS maps. The report has also recommended that MCD be given powers to acquire properties which violate building by-laws.

An affidavit, based on the recommendations made by the committee, will be submitted in the Delhi High Court, the municipal commissioner said. He added that the MCD was setting up a GIS application centre. The new policy, if implemented, will make the junior engineer accountable for construction in his area. Any violation will be clearly visible by referring to information available in GIS maps. The report has limited its scope to properties measuring 300 square metres or more and located on main roads as they are commercially lucrative.

The GIS maps will, however, come at a heavy price as the Urban Development Department of Delhi Government is learnt to have demanded Rs 6 crore from the MCD for the maps. GIS mapping is being used by the MCD to create its database on property tax.