New Delhi, India, 15 March 2007 – A total of 137 cities and towns in India have been covered under the National Urban Information System (NUIS) scheme to develop a spatial information database for urban planning, Minister of State for Urban Development Ajay Maken said Thursday. He said the scheme has two components – one is to meet the space requirements of urban planning and the second to develop a town level urban database.
‘The NUIS scheme also aimed at establishing a comprehensive information system for planning, development and management of urban local bodies,’ he informed the Rajya Sabha. The digital maps and geographic information system (GIS) databases are useful for preparation of master plans, zonal plans and detailed town planning schemes, Maken said to the House.
Maken said industrial townships like Bokaro Steel City, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur and Ranchi have been included under the NUIS scheme. ‘The work of generating a GIS database and mapping for 137 towns and cities has been assigned to the Survey of India (SOI). The central share of Rs.16.24 crore has been released to SOI as first instalment,’ he said.
SOI has initiated procurement of satellite images for 65 towns in 16 states and images have already been received for five towns in two states.