GIS to aid conservation and development work in Pakistan

GIS to aid conservation and development work in Pakistan

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Lahore: The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) has started testing new GIS to regulate conservation and development work at the city’s historic quarter. The GIS, developed in collaboration with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), will, apart from other things, help “cater to all the functions performed and activities carried out for the conservation, preservation, control and management of heritage sites,” said Tanya Qureshi, a communications official at the WCLA.

Kamran Lashari, the director general of the WCLA, said the GIS would minimise administrative delays in the development process by making it much easier for members of the public and property owners in the area to submit applications for development. It would also make the decision-making process more transparent and efficient by maintaining updated digital information on the Walled City. “The 22,000 or so properties of the Walled City have been brought onto the GIS. It gives the facility to access data on any property at the click of a button,” he said.

The new system would increase the efficiency of the WCLA in processing applications for building permits, demolition permits and new schemes. Web-based GIS applications would improve data integration and sharing through public participation.

Source: The Tribune