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Satellite imaging for Srinagar Master Plan update

Srinagar, India: With the Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) inviting Expression of Interest (EOI) to update summer capital’s Master Plan, latest satellite imaging is all set to be used for an on-ground analysis of the city’s expanse.

According to sources, emphasis was being laid by SDA on the use of satellite imaging as it would give the real picture of the habitation in and around the summer capital and also help decide future course of action.

The SDA recently invited EOI from reputed and eligible consultants, firms, institutions for providing consultancy services for review/updating Master Plan 2001-21 for Srinagar Metropolitan Area and preparation of Zonal Developmental Plans thereof.

Greater Kashmir learnt from reliable sources that given the violations of the 20 year Master Plan, in place since 2000, the SDA wants to update it for better implementation in the left-over period, spanning over a decade.

“Master Plan had recommended that for posterity, space be left open in particular areas. But now, constructions have come up there. There are also encroachments around the Dal which needs to be reviewed digitally,” said an official in the SDA.

The biggest issue, he said, was about meeting the demands of urban transportation through requisite road connectivity.

Senior Town Planner, SDA, Javed Ahmed Shah said that the satellite image data was being digitised. “Through the software we are coming up with a base map for Srinagar City. The processed data will be put to ground truthing, which means the satellite images will be verified with the ground situation as to what might have changed since the pictures were captured,” he explained.

As per the present Master Plan, the city spans over 416 square kilometres and has been divided into 16 developmental planning units and 170 zones.

Kifayat Hussain Rizvi, SDA Vice Chairman, said, “All the aspects of urban planning would be kept in mind for the Master Plan update. Update of Master Plan is a requisite exercise and needs to be undertaken periodically.” He added, “It’s for the first time that the GIS services will be utilised.”

Source: GreaterKashmir.com