Being touted as a revolutionary phase, for the first time in India, local bodies will avail the detailed map description provided by satellites for making ‘master plans’ in their cities.
Urban development in India will be entering a ‘revolutionary’ phase in the next few months, as the municipal, planning and development authorities in all major cities and towns will avail satellite imagery.
Touted as a giant leap for the infrastructure development in India, the National Urban Information System (NUIS) scheme will be fully equipped with the technological support from the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC). For the first time in India, local bodies will avail the detailed map description provided by satellites for making ‘master plans’ in their respective cities. The national workshop on NUIS Scheme held at NRSC on Tuesday focused on the key aspects for streamlining the satellite technology in urban planning.
During a media briefing, Sudhir Krishna, secretary, ministry for urban development, said that the technology will help formulate master plans for 7,935 cities and towns, in the next few years. Amongst these only 24 per cent have master plans, while some 45 per cent are not statutory, even though qualified for the status of municipality.
The secretary spoke about the importance of the workshop for formulation of the master plan and utilising of the Bhuvan project for preparing a country-wide master plan with the help of satellite images. The Survey of India maps and aerial photographs for road verification are essential for urban planning without which the development would not be up to the expectations. “All government departments in major cities will have master plans in the months to come,” he ensured.
All this requires a training process, capacity building and infrastructure development in the months to come. If the personnel of the local bodies are ready with the know-how, it can afford to install the scheme at a reasonably low price of Rs.5 lakh.
The NUIS is a national mission initiated by the ministry of urban development in 2006 for the generation of the multi-scale hierarchical urban geospatial database on thematic content using satellite, aerial and GPR techniques. In Phase-I, 152 towns from Class I to IV representing all states and union territories have been selected. The project has been executed by Town and Country Planning Organisation, Survey of India and NSUI.