Indian city keen to revive GIS mapping

Indian city keen to revive GIS mapping

SHARE

Tiruchy, Tamil Nadu, India, 25 August 2006: The City Corporation of Tiruchy in the state of Tamil Nadu is hopeful of reviving its ambitious project to map the entire city, for its satellite-based geographical information system (GIS), which was put in cold storage for over a year.

The project was chalked out in 2004, and was scheduled to be completed by October 2005. However, the project which envisages preparation of large scale base maps, field data collection and creation of customised GIS software, has seen very less progress, till now.

Under the project, taken up in collaboration with Bharathidasan University and National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA), even minutest details of roads, street lights, water supply lines, sewerage and drainage would be mapped to accuracy.

Objects in one square metre area in the ground will be photographed by satellites 100 km high in the sky. The project was also expected to improve tax collection as details of houses for which tax either under-paid or over-paid will be available immediately. In fact the NRSA had approached many local bodies, but only Tiruchy and Salem had accorded nod to go ahead with the project.

Though Salem Corporation had reportedly slowed down a bit owing to the cost involved – to the tune of Rs. 1 crore (USD 215,773) – Tiruchy corporation was optimistic in executing the project and approved of NRSA’s offer to prepare base maps and modify the necessary software.

Corporation sources said that few private firms, which were approached by the local body earlier has charged exorbitant amounts. The collection of field data for feeding in computers was planned to be undertaken through door-to-door survey by students of the University. But, the project failed to take off even before completing the field survey in Golden Rock zone. Sources said that though the corporation was ready to accomplish the project, it was a communication from the Central government that it would provide the necessary funds.

The Corporation Commissioner B Balachandran said that the Commissioner of Municipal Administration has convened a meeting in Chennai on August 29 to discuss about the implementing the project. The collection of field data for feeding in computers is planned to be undertaken through door-to-door survey by students of the University.