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Satellites will keep an eye on encroachments in Mumbai

Where humans fail, technology may help — at least that is what chief minister of Maharashtra Vilasrao Deshmukh would want the people to believe. Remote sensing technology will be put to use in select cities, including Mumbai, to collect data regarding the spread of encroachment, property tax assessments and green cover zones.

“We plan to take satellite pictures of the eight cities such as Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, Kalyan and Dombivli and maintain a geographical database. The pictures will help us identify fresh encroachments coming up after the cut-off date line and help protect property,” Deshmukh said at a press conference held in Mantralaya after the weekly cabinet meeting.

He said remote sensing technology will also help in the assessment and collection of property tax. Satellite pictures of residential and commercial structures will be taken on a ward-wise basis and realty rates and the property tax cards of individual property holders in each zone will be prepared.

Later, Deshmukh said the populist policy of providing free power to farmers may be revised and a new energy policy would be in place by April.