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State to use GPS to keep track of illegal construction

mumbai Updated: Jan 23, 2010 00:52 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
GPS

To tackle the menace of the mushrooming slums and unauthorised constructions, the state government will now take the help of Geographical Positioning System (GPS).

GPS is a satellite-based system used to determine the exact location of a place.

The state government will use it to find if any alterations have been made to the structures of that particular place.

Sachin Ahir, minister of state for Home, said the state is determined to stop building of illegal structures. “We are going to make the use of modern technology and GPS is the best available method,” said Ahir.

He said a private agency will be appointed to monitor the system daily.

“Any change noticed would be intimated to the relevant authorities and based on their report, a structure would be marked red (for illegal structure) or green (for legal structures),” said Ahir.

He said a detailed report would be sent online every three months to BMC, Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority and Slum Rehabili-tation Authority officers, who will then submit the action taken report in three months.

Dinesh Prabhu, coordinator, Mashal — the NGO which conducted the initial survey for the Dharavi Redevelopment Project — said GPS would be a great tool to check illegal constructions. “We will come to know even if one additional slum comes up in the place.”

The Housing ministry will also publish the list of errant developers who violate rules. “This will make them more accountable,” said Ahir. It is also proposed to make developers of the SRA project to maintain the lift system for seven years after the project is completed.