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Haryana to conduct aerial survey of encroachments with drones

The government’s survey of encroachments is being conducted to clear the land for affordable housing.

gurgaon Updated: Jun 02, 2017 23:24 IST
Ipsita Pati
After completion of the survey, the government will take action against the encroachers.
After completion of the survey, the government will take action against the encroachers.(HT File Photo for representative purpose only)

In a bid to curb encroachment on government land in Gurgaon, the Haryana government will use drones to conduct aerial surveys of the city.

The state government has implemented ‘Housing for All’ and other schemes to provide affordable housing in Haryana. The areas encroached upon will be recovered by the government and used to provide housing for city residents, a government spokesperson said on Thursday after the decision was taken during a meeting in Chandigarh.

The pilot project will be conducted in Gurgaon, Karnal and Faridabad and will later be replicated in other districts, the spokesperson added. The data will also shed light on how many affordable housing projects can be implemented.

Despite the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) conducting several drives to remove encroachments from government land in the city, a number of areas are still encroached upon.

The MCG has been conducting regular drives since last year after internal surveys found that approximately 670 acres of government land worth Rs4,000 crore had been encroached upon in Gurgaon.

“We are aware of the survey and will take necessary action regarding the issue. This will also help evaluate correct data regarding encroached upon area in Gurgaon,” said Sudhir Chauhan, senior town planner (STP), MCG.

After completion of the survey, the government will take action against the encroachers. The Gurgaon administration will prepare an action plan for the survey and submit it to the state government within a week. The Haryana Space Applications Centre (HARSAC) and the National Remote Sensing Authority will provide satellite imagery of the areas to civic bodies for the survey, the spokesperson said.

Earlier, the HARSAC had conducted a similar exercise to record forest cover in south Haryana and identify Natural Conservation Zones (NCZs) and wildlife core zones.