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Mapped and photographed: Every inch of the capital

delhi Updated: Mar 31, 2010 00:07 IST
Atul Mathur
Atul Mathur
Hindustan Times
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In a few weeks, the police would be able to analyse crime patterns in any given locality; traffic police would know the precise reasons for traffic jams and find solutions; and construction agencies would be able plan a flyover or a tunnel without any risk of running into a maze of old waterlines or an ancient structure.

The reason: the Delhi government's Information Technology (IT) Department has mapped every inch of Delhi using 3-D imaging.

The mapping will benefit various government departments while planning infrastructure development projects.

Police, fire, transport, DTC, MCD, NDMC, Archaeological Survey of India, PWD, Chief Election Office and Disaster Management Authority are some departments that will be able to use the data.

According to IT officials, they have data of everything both above the ground as well as 10-meters below the ground.

The data were collected through aerial photographs. Sophisticated systems were used to study the underground system.

“This is first-of-its-kind three-dimensional geographical information system database prepared anywhere in the country. We have now written to the central government that this map should be used as the base map shall be referred to by any government agency for generation, verification and authentication of spatial data,” Delhi IT secretary Savitur Prasad said.

For real time monitoring of the ground situation, the department has installed seven ultra modern cameras on top of the tallest building in each of the nine districts of Delhi.

These high-end internet protocol cameras can capture and transmit precise pictures of anything within a range of five-kilometres.

From April 1, each of the 33 government departments would be able to use five applications each to utilise the available data.

Apart from analysing crime pattern, the police would be able to keep track of its traffic and police control room vans and keep real-time track of anyone calling the control room, IT officials said.

The fire department will be able to locate and identify the fire stations closest to the point of mishap, the location of closest underground reservoirs and the best possible route to reach the site from the fire station.

Similarly, said officials, among other applications, the Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation will know schools and religious places in proximity to the site they plan to open a liquor shop.