The Jammu and Kashmir government has hit upon a one-of-a-kind solution to curb illegal constructions in the twin capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar. The state may soon seek the services of Google Earth to monitor encroachments and illegal constructions in the two cities, an official said on Tuesday.
"To monitor illegal constructions in the state, the help of the application will be sought," deputy chief minister Tara Chand said. "We can track these violations in Srinagar while sitting in Jammu just at a click on the mouse," he said, while launching an e-governance facility.
Google earth is an application that allows a person to access the satellite image of a place. One has to pay for the live version of the software.
He said the government was committed to promoting transparency at all levels in government departments and e-governance is a vital tool for the purpose. He said technology would be used to check master plan violations and ensure that no illegal constructions take place in the two cities.
He said the government had also started the process of master plan revision for Jammu and Srinagar cities and new master plans are being formulated for several other towns. "Once the draft gets ready the same would be discussed with all the stakeholders and would be adopted after necessary deliberations," he added. Hindustan Times was unable to contact Google earth to check if they could provide live services in Jammu and Kashmir.