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Indian city to use GIS to check encroachments

Noida, India: Noida Authority in India proposed a new policy to check encroachments in residential areas, markets and villages in the city under which offenders will be heavily penalised. As per the new policy, the entire city will be mapped on GIS and divided into 54 zones.

“The Authority receives regular complaints from locals and Resident Welfare Associations of unauthorised encroachment of vacant plots and pavements by trespassers, vendors, slum dwellers and villagers. To curb this rising menace, we have come up with the zonal scheme through which it will be easy to monitor and nab encroachers in a systemized way,” said Noida Authority chairperson Balwindar Kumar.

“We need to introduce strict rules and penalise offenders to put a halt to encroachments. We are contemplating fining all offenders once the new policy is in place. However, we are yet to decide on the rate of the monetary fine,” said a senior Authority official.

Source: TOI