India: The Indian state of West Bengal will be deploy GIS to map the complete state highway network, allowing it to better plan the deployment of resources for highway development in 2014. West Bengal Highway Development Corporation Limited has involved IIT-Kharagpur, National Informatics Centre and Rites to prepare a detailed web-based GIS map of around 4,500 km of highways in the state. “We are taking help of IIT-Kharagpur and agencies including NIC and Rites to create a detailed web-based GIS mapping of the entire 4,500 km state highways by March 2014,” said Manoj Agarwal, WBHDC managing director. “This will help us to know the exact situation at the ground level and plan accordingly,” he said.
The newly formed state agency will soon award contracts for 50-km stretch of roads for four-laning in two parts worth around Rs 560 crore, WBHDC sources said.
Source: Business Standard