India – The LMC has decided to get zone-3, 5 and 6 mapped through a geographical information system (GIS). Municipal commissioner on formed a five member committee headed by additional municipal commissioner AC Sinha to look into the project. The committee would finalise the company which would take up the project. LMC, sources said, has already received tenders from at least 11 companies.
The project comes in the wake of growing expanse of city, while the number of residential houses remains to be mapped. Significantly, this is not the first time the LMC would be under taking the help of GIS to map certain areas of the city. In 2002, the municipal body gave the contract to a Delhi based company to get the entire city mapped. The project, ironically, could not be completed even after a period of almost four years.
In fact, it is the areas in zone-3 (comprising Aliganj and Kapoorthala), zone-5 (comprising Aishbagh, Balaganj) and zone-6 (the old city areas like Chowk) which remained unmapped.
The move is seen to bring the maximum number of houses in the three zones mapped on the LMC’s radar in a bid to tap house tax, considered one of the prime sources of income for the municipal body.