Kolkata Port Trust becomes first Indian port to install GIS

Kolkata Port Trust becomes first Indian port to install GIS

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Kolkata, India, 5 August 2006: The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) has become the first organisation in the Indian port sector to adopt the GIS for management of its 11,000 acre estate spread around Kolkata, Howrah, Budge Budge and Haldia.

The GIS software, which has been launched at a cost of Rs. 15 lakh (US$ 32,000), would enable the port to increase revenue realisation from its landed roperty that has been long suffering. KoPT chairman Anup Chanda, while installing the GIS in the Kolkata office, said the use of GIS will not be limited to the port officials only but port land holders will also get access to know various details relating to land holding.

Every tenant, lease and licensee will be given a password in six to eight weeks so that he can access the port’s GIS portal and get detailed information about his status and official proceedings relating to his land holding. The software has a security system to prevent any unauthorised access, Chanda said.

KoPT will also apply the satellite system at Haldia. It is also pondering over the idea of introducing satellite imaging for land management, Chanda said. The satellite imaging can also be used for tracking ship movements.

KoPT at present will use the GIS for instant retrieval of information regarding payment of rent and outstanding dues. The GIS, according to Chanda, will enable quick identification of vacant lands or sheds along with its area and other particulars, and will help in bettering utilisation plans.

KoPT is looking for higher revenue generations from its properties to supplement the revenue generated from cargo handling. The KoPT will shortly revaluate land and properties, which according to the last estimation in 1996 were valued at Rs 1000 crore (US$ 315 million).