DIGITAL GUIDE Mapping project for major cities of Gwalior region by the Survey of India is likely to suffer following the decision to close the MP Geo-spatial Data Center (MPGDC) in Gwalior.
There are four functional centres in the State in Gwalior, Indore, Bhopal and Jabalpur under Science and Technology department. The union ministry has desired closure of Gwalior and Bhopal offices engaged in the topographical works and vide their letter dated 16-10-06 has asked the employees to mention their preference of posting causing worries for the employees.
The Gwalior office was set up in 1978 together with Indore, Bhopal, Raipur and Jabalpur offices for topographical survey works of the region. Following bifurcation of state, Jabalpur office was developed as zonal headquarters for three offices under it.
Recently the union ministry suggested to manage map survey operations from Jabalpur and Indore locations. At present Gwalior office has dwindled to 40 employees from the earlier 200, sources said. They work in rotation of 6 months in the field from November to April and from May to October in the office. Topographical survey is essential and foremost component for implementation of engineering projects of all sizes.
The sources said the gradual transition from manual to GPS (global positioning system) technology has helped save time and energy. But there was shortage of trained manpower, which can work on GPS system. Advanced training to field staff can help remove this bottleneck, said some officials on condition of anonymity.
Digital mapping of major cities in the State was an ambitious project to be taken up by Survey of India from November this year. So far, the maps in use were manually prepared in 1927 and were later revised in 1987-88.
If the center is closed the work is bound to suffer, claimed officials. Besides the office is also engaged in preparation of digital data base of village boundaries of Gwalior, Shivpuri, Guna, Bhind, Datia, Morena and Sheopur districts.