Pakistan keen to set up National Mapping Agency

Pakistan keen to set up National Mapping Agency

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Pakistan: Pakistan government is likely to approve Land Surveying and Mapping Bill 2010. The bill bars unqualified/unregistered firms to engage in land surveying and mapping as this practice posed a security risk to the State, Business Recorder reports. A draft of Land Surveying and Mapping Bill 2010 has been prepared by the Survey of Pakistan (SoP).

The salient features of the bill include:
– to transform SoP into National Mapping Agency;
– to make it compulsory for all firms involved in surveying and mapping activities to get themselves registered with the SoP;
– to make it obligatory for all firms involved in surveying and mapping activities to adopt surveying and mapping standards framed by the National Mapping Agency, that is, the SoP;
– to stop unqualified/unregistered firms from taking part in surveying and mapping activities that can pose a security risk to the State;
– to protect established and affixed survey markers at various locations throughout the country from damage by assigning their responsibility to local district management/government;
– to avoid duplication of efforts in the field of mapping especially in the public sector,; and
– to assess the mapping requirements of public and private sector on a yearly basis, thereby lending technical support to federal and provincial developmental plans and activities.

The draft has been circulated to provincial governments, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Interior, the Cabinet Division, the Planning and Development Division and related departments of the armed forces for their inputs.

According to the report, the Land Surveying and Mapping Bill 2010 will be considered by the federal cabinet in its forthcoming meeting to be presided over by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Source: Business Recorder