India to have satellite database to plan cities
Thursday, 15 March 2007, 05:00 Hrs
New Delhi: 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. Maken 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. Digital information is also useful for infrastructure development, disaster management, environment monitoring and natural resource management. 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 16.24 crore has been released to SOI as first installment," 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.