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Sibal has a way to detect illegal constructions

The data for Delhi's Zone 1 covering Sarai Kale Khan to ISBT has been prepared for Rs 3 crore, reports Satyen Mohapatra.

india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 14:57 IST

From the control room itself, one is able to zoom in live onto the roof of a specific building and even see construction workers including women workers busy doing construction work.

The building in Chandni Chowk is close to Sis Ganj Gurdwara. Whether the construction is authorised or not can be found out and if illegal the person responsible can be nabbed right away and that too  with undeniable visual proof.
     
This is not science fiction but a ready-to-use technology which was demonstrated  by Science and Technology Ministry in the capital on Tuesday.
      
Minister of Science and Technology Kapil Sibal talking to the media said within 14 months entire Delhi’s three dimensional data base could be ready at a cost of less than Rs 100 crore, which would allow realtime monitoring of illegal construction and land encroachment besides several other applications like crowd management, traffic management, tax collection for properties, planning and development of the area, utilities management such as water, power, gas, sewage.
    
At times of disaster or fire in a specific place it can lead the rescue teams to right place fast, he added.
   
Besides surveillance it can be used for environmental monitoring such as pollution control.
     
The data for Zone 1 of Delhi covering approximately 20 sq km from Sarai Kale Khan till ISBT has already been prepared at a cost of Rs 3 crore. 
 
The technology had been demonstrated to Minister of State for Home Affairs  Prakash Jaiswal and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Dr AK Walia, Minister for Finance, Planning, PWD & Urban Development,Delhi Government and senior MCD officials.

They all appreciated this technology and have assured that this technology would be implemented all over Delhi and later to other metropolitan cities, he added. 
  
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad too had shown interest in the technology for its use in the state, he added.

He said the technology is a tool for good governance and it is time to use this tool to  move away from human discretion to technological certainty. It would help root out corruption, he added.
    
Dr R Siva Kumar, Head Natural Resource Data Management System and National Spatial Data Infrastructure Division of Department of Science and Technology said they had integrated several modern technologies satellite imagery, Geographical Positioning System, Geographical Information System, and photographs and information data from ground survey of each and every house in Zone I of MCD to create a huge data base of 157,000 images of buildings which gave a spatial 3-D multi-media map. The Russian Academy of Sciences had been associated in the effort,he added.
       
The software would compare the new data produced by the live cameras and   automatically flag any change noticed in any building. The officers could then zoom in on the building get its details and catch the defaulter,they could not absolve of their accountability as the violation would be visually on record.
   
We are getting O.6  metre resolution satellite data from Quickbird satellite which gave clear digital photographs of objects as small as two feet by two feet.
   
We have bought 10 Internet Protocol Digital Video Cameras at the cost of US $ 80,000. The cameras could work 24 hours and give sharp digital pictures upto 5 kilometers.      
   
At present four cameras had been  fixed on top of  Kasturba Gandhi Hospital Girls Hostel,LIC Building Ansari Road,Chandni Chowk in front of Sis Ganj Gurdwara, and in Haider Quli, one camera was mounted on a moving vehicle.
    
The sophisticated cameras which could be remotely controlled from the main control room got the detailed pictures even at a distance of 5 kilometer  by sending laser rays to the object and receiving its reflection.