Two villages have been chosen for the pilot project of digital mapping in the state, Lambi and Jalalabad. Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal represents Lambi, while his son and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal represents Jalalabad.
"Initially, only two assembly segments of have been covered under this project," said the CM. He was in town to address a Sangat Darshan programme on Saturday late evening. He added that if the project succeeded, it would be implemented throughout the state.
There have been several instances in the past when pilot projects were started from Lambi, raising questions on the impartiality of the process. Two such projects were electronic benefit transfer (EBT) and construction of toilets for poor.
Under the digital mapping project, the CM added that all data concerned with the ponds, disposal of waste water, infra structure in villages, marking of the houses, level of the streets would be collected.
"After the collection of relevant data, a software would be prepared which will help development of the villages easily and expeditiously," said Badal.
He added that the project had been started keeping in view the future needs of the state. "The project will facilitate in demarcation of wards in villages during panchayat elections. In this age of computerisation, 'digital mapping' will help a person get any details regarding his village on the click of a mouse." The chief minister disbursed cheques of Rs 7 lakh to 22 people belonging to Muktsar.