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Pakistani city to embrace GIS for development planning

Rawalpindi, Pakistan: The Rawalpindi City District Government (CDGR), Pakistan, will soon put in place a GIS for future development planning, code enforcement and monitoring of health-related drives, a Pakistani daily reported. According to the report, sewers, vacant plots, commercial, residential buildings, planned and unplanned roads, parks, agricultural land and utility services would be checked through computers.

Earlier, approximately six months back, the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) had launched PKR 15 million (Pakistan Rupee: PKR) project for checking commercialisation in the city. Two private firms were hired by the RDA for establishing the GIS system. Suparco provided the high resolution satellite image of the city to RDA.

After getting the high resolution image of the city, the CDGR withdrew the authority to check commercialisation from it. However, after receiving directives from the Punjab Government (Pakistan) to use GIS for future planning, District Coordination Officer (DCO) Saqib Zafar invited the RDA for presentation of its project. After this, the DCO directed the civic agency to develop the system for the whole district.

The city government is now planning to build GIS for different departments like municipal services, roads and bridges, parks and horticulture and health.

“The local police and special branch will also use this system to find the hideouts of criminals as it will mark the suspicious places,” they said and added that every department would develop its own layer on the satellite map for its internal purposes and the information would be used only by the relevant department employees, including law enforcement agencies.

The GIS would also help the administration, police and first-aid providers in case of an emergency to reach the place and deal with the situation.

DCO Saqib Zafar said the CDGR has decided to use GIS for future development in the district. “At present, we want to use this system for the anti-dengue campaign in the district,” he stressed.

The DCO further stated the health department would mark those areas from where the number of reported dengue cases had been high and where anti-dengue spray and other activities had been launched. It would provide exact data about the people and houses, he added.

Source: The Dawn