Indian state approves geospatial Bill

Indian state approves geospatial Bill

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Delhi, India: The Delhi State Assembly approved Delhi Geo-spatial Data Infrastructure (Management, Control, Administration, Security and Safety) Bill, 2011. It seeks to use geospatial technology for planning and executing various development projects and utility services.

With the passage of the Bill, Delhi has become the first State in India to enact such an important legislation. The Bill was passed unanimously.

Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of the State said that the Delhi State Spatial Data Infrastructure (DSSDI) Project was approved by the Cabinet to frame and implement policies for issues related to geo-spatial data. The office of GIS system would be located in Vikas Bhawan and 63 cameras would be installed at strategic positions across Delhi for transmitting relevant information to the monitoring centres. These would be super-imposed on the data residing in the GIS system and the changes would be identified and investigated. The data would also be of use in better disaster management.

The Bill was aimed at creating, updating, managing, disseminating and sharing for Delhi geo-spatial data, maps, system, application and portal to serve as a base for planning and executing various development projects. A common and integrated GIS is planned and 30 departments or local bodies have been brought under the ambit of the project, she added.

The Bill makes the utilisation and application of the data infrastructure mandatory. It also envisages creation of a Regulatory Authority headed by the Chief Secretary.

Source: The Hindu