Geospatial technology is like Google Maps on steroids, detailing all features of buildings and infrastructure in cities, and then overlaying that with the tracking of people as they move about that infrastructure. Such ubiquitous tracking leads to digital slavery and total control over the entire system. ? TN Editor
Geospatial technology is being used extensively in many development programs in India, such as Digital India, Smart Cities, and Clean Ganga Mission, etc. GIS serves as the foundation of almost every development program and is being used in various departments such as healthcare, disaster management, agriculture, land management, and urban development, among others.
GIS for infrastructure development
The Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD), has announced that it is going to start a survey of all the buildings in Dehradun from August 2021, with the help of drones, using Geographic Information System (GIS). According to the officials, the purpose of the survey is to maximize property tax collection from residential and commercial establishments. At present, the MCD receives tax on only about 50% of the properties in the city, as reported by a news website.
The proposed GIS-based survey is to be conducted under the Urban Development Directorate, and will be used to make a thorough analysis of the properties using drones. In addition, the MCD will also commence a door-to-door survey for complete information about the properties such as electricity connection, water connection, and total rooms in the building. MCD has already hired private companies that will operate the drones, informed Ashish Kataith, manager of the survey.
After the completion of the survey, the corporation will compile all the data and issue a unique property identification number to each building. Earlier, the Urban Development Directorate announced that they would use GIS to map buildings in Uttarakhand's four urban local bodies- Dehradun, Haridwar, Rudrapur, and Rishikesh as a pilot project.