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Mhada plans to get cessed buildings on Google maps

mumbai Updated: Sep 13, 2012 02:21 IST
Naresh Kamath

If everything goes as per the plan, you might find the details of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority's (Mhada's) cessed buildings at the click of a mouse.

The development authority has started an ambitious project under which it plans to create an extensive database along with mapping the 14,995 cessed buildings in the island city.

"This will save people the hassle of coming to the Mhada offices to get the details. It will also prove to be of great help to our officials," said Prasad Lad, chairman, Mhada (Mumbai repairs board).

The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 30 lakh. The authority will tie up with Google Maps to ensure that people can locate the building by keying in the name or survey number.

The residents will also be able to know how many times the structure has been repaired and the cost incurred on the same.

Currently, getting data becomes a hassle for residents owing to red tape. Many are forced to wait for months to get basic information about their structure. Housing activists have welcomed the move.

"It will make getting information from government offices easier," said Mohammed Arshad, a housing activist.

"The scheme should be replicated in all buildings and slums to prepare a comprehensive database," he added.