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Mapping project delayed in Indian city

Kochi, India: GIS-enabled mapping project of Kochi Corporation in Kerala, India, will be delayed further as the project has to be retendered, The New Indian Express reports. The civic body has cancelled the contract with the Mumbai-based 3i-Infotech agency which was earlier awarded the contract.

The GIS mapping track each building in the city, nearly 1.5 million people, every road, tree and even garbage bin by integrating hardware, software and data or capturing, managing, analysing and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. The GIS project is implemented under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and is undertaken by the Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Plan (KSUDP). The funds will be provided by Asian development Bank (ADB).

Though the new Council is confident of implementing the GIS programme at the earliest, officials concerned said that it will take another two or three years for the project to become a reality.

“The new agency will have to conduct door-to-door surveys in the 74 wards. Apart from gathering the details of people staying in each house and their whereabouts, a Geographical survey also has to be conducted. The base map will be in the form of a 3D image superimposed with survey details. The details and the map will be uploaded in a web portal and will help to track all the details of residents living in the city,” Corporation’s official said.

Source: expressbuzz.com