The Municipal Corporation Delhi, through a new project worth Rs 3 crore, aims to put all information about roads online in the form of a digital map, linked with a GIS. Once this is done, one will be able to log on and avail information on any MCD road in the Capital – when it was built, when it was repaired and how much it was tendered out for. The GIS mapping will start soon. The GIS mapping will help curb corruption, as it would make all information available to everyone on a transparent system. All roads will be marked on the map that will also carry basic information pertaining to their length, breadth and the degree. This map, according to the MCD officials, will enable one to see when a particular road was repaired, and how much it cost, and provide information about the tenders and the contractors involved.
So if the map shows that the road in a colony has been repaired, and one discovers otherwise, it will be known there is a problem. According to MCD officials, if such an irregularity is found, strict action will be taken against officials and contractors concerned. The project will be funded under the Yamuna Action Plan II, by the Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC). The MCD owns about 27,000 km roads in Delhi, including colony roads, main roads, flyovers and bridges. Every year, over Rs 200 crore is spent in repair and maintenance work for roads, building and other engineering work. Officials said that over 75 per cent of this money goes towards roads. Yet, the MCD roads are not considered to be of very high quality. This information will also be blended with the MCD’s property tax system, to build a tax base for the MCD. The MCD has already received the Digital Maps on which the GIS system will be based.