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Pakistan gears up for GIS-based census

Karachi, Pakistan: The Census Commission in Pakistan geared up the process of carving fresh census blocks — which is likely to affect delimitation — on a district basis in Karachi using GPS and GIS technologies. Soon a fresh house listing will be carried out that is a mandatory exercise before a population census, according to Sindh Census Commissioner Noor Muhammad Leghari.
In conversation with Dawn, the census commissioner said that the process had already been initiated from the North Nazimabad tehsil of District Central where eight teams were in the field and were likely to complete their work by Jan 2, 2012.
He added that the schedule for starting a population census would be determined by a special meeting of the Council of Common Interest (CCI) with the one-point agenda of population census as was decided in the last CCI meeting held on Oct 26.
Explaining the use of GPS and GIS technologies in the field, the census commissioner said that by the GPS, a machine would identify the latitude and longitude of a location where a team was standing and on the basis of the mark by the machine, it would determine a street, its next prominent location such as a mosque, a graveyard or a school building for identification. With the help of GIS, he added that a machine would prepare charts and graphs on the basis of GPS markings.
Asked if the process was only started in Karachi, the census commissioner said work was started a month back in the interior of the province. So far, census block work had already been completed in Shikarpur, Sukkur, Kashmore, Kandhkot, Jacobabad, Larkana and Nawabshah. He added that census teams would soon enter Ghotki and Khairpur.
Source: www.dawn.com