GIS project in India flounders

GIS project in India flounders

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Hyderabad, India, December 11, 2007: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s penchant for starting projects in a grand fashion and losing steam thereafter is glaringly evident in the plan to develop a GIS.

Started more than a year ago, it is floundering for want of interest and proper supervision. The project involved a survey for mapping all utilities and properties for an integrated system to help in better civic governance. It was supposed to have been finished within six months but each month, fresh deadlines are being put.

Officials accept that 90 per cent of survey work was completed for six of the seven circles of the erstwhile MCH by the private agencies entrusted with the job. Proper data is not available for ex-circle four only, covering localities like Mehdipatnam, Shantinagar, Karwan and others due to a ham handed job by one of the agencies.

“We have most of the spatial data. It is with the deputy municipal commissioners for verification. Only then can we pass it on to the technical clearance committee. Delays are nothing unusual for projects of this kind,” said E. Saibaba, in-charge of IT department.

For the next two months, two engineers will do random sampling of the data gathered for proof-checking to expedite matters and complete the project by March 31.