Survey of India and Delhi Government launch DSSDI Project

Survey of India and Delhi Government launch DSSDI Project

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New Delhi, India, November 30, 2007: Survey of India (SOI), the National Mapping Agency and Government of Delhi joined their hands together for the launching of Delhi state Spatial Data Infrastructure (DSSDI) project.
The inauguration was held at the premises of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi. Present at the inauguration were:

  • Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister, Delhi
  • Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences
  • Tejendra Khanna, Lt. Governor of the National Capital Territory of Delhi
  • Maj Gen M Gopal Rao, Surveyor General of India
  • Rakesh Mehta, Principal Secretary, Urban Development, Government of NCT of Delhi

    The project is an outcome of a pilot project by Department of Science and Technology, government of India on 3D GIS in Chandni Chowk area in Delhi in collaboration with Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS).
    As a part of the project a monitoring room was established to receive images from 10 cameras placed at vantage points to do the change detection on real time as occouring on ground. Government of Delhi felt that the 3D database is immensely useful for various applications and it should immediately be created for entire NCT of Delhi and should be completed well before Common Wealth Games -2010. The project will cover a total area of NCT Delhi of approximately 1500 Sq. km.
    Development of a 3D GIS database for NCT of Delhi will be carried out by Survey of India in respect of all lands and buildings and all under ground utilities within the NCTD. The project will facilitate detection of illegal constructions by the government of Delhi and enable monitoring of any changes being made in respect of land and building in GNCTD on real time basis.
    The project comprises of two major components, Land Information System (LIS) of NCT of Delhi and Urban Spatial Information System (USIS). The LIS will have up to date cadastral information. The USIS will meet the spatial data/information requirements of urban planning for routine functions of the line departments of Delhi.
    The system developed will be used for disaster management, traffic management, security of important buildings and other valuable infrastructural assets in Delhi.
    Answering to a question Mr. Sibal told “If this project has provided an answer for Chandni Chowk, You have an answer for Delhi”. He also said the state of Punjab has showed interest in implementing a similar project, and more and more states will be implementing such kind of projects as they will be realising the benefits.
    The Survey of India and Government of Delhi will also be launching special purpose vehicles (SPV) Geo-Spatial Delhi, which will be authorised to keep the records of the land-holdings ownership, land use etc. The project is going to be harbinger of many such SDI projects within the country, which will give a very sound foundation for e-governance and knowledge based information society in Indian urban areas.