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GIS to aid the mapping of Indian cities

Ahmedabad has been chosen as one of the six cities in India that will be mapped with the help of GIS for charting out future development. Under the computer-aided utility mapping system, about 3,000 aerial photographs will be taken of AMC and AUDA areas. The Rs 10 crore project, called Metro Area Network (MAN), will have offices in Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai.

Geographical maps of these cities will be drawn with the help of aerial and digital photography as well as field surveys conducted through GIS network. The exercise will be conducted jointly by the National Informatics Centre, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd and local government. Based on the photographs, a map will be prepared to form the basis for future development. Together with this an underground map will be prepared depicting underground utilities like water, power, telecommunication and drainage lines.