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?Indore on fast track to development?

FOUR STUDENTS of Symbiosis Institute (Pune) opine that Indore is set to become at par with cities like Pune in the coming years.

india Updated: Jun 21, 2006 14:35 IST

FOUR STUDENTS of Symbiosis Institute (Pune) opine that Indore is set to become at par with cities like Pune in the coming years.

The four - Ashish Arora (Delhi), Ranjana Pushkarna (Amritsar), Tejwant Kaur (Ludhiana) and Kuheli Chatterjee (Ranchi) - are students of Masters of Science in Geoinformatics. This course is available only in two institutes of the country.

They have been sent here by their Director Brigadier K K V Khanzode at the invitation of Indore Development Authority (IDA) CEO C B Singh for summer training. Ashish and Ranjana are working on the Scheme 164 project, while Tejwant and Kuheli are working on Scheme 151.

These students are here to activate Geographical Information System (GIS) for the plans of these two upcoming schemes in the City. Tejwant told Hindustan Times that the vision of the IDA authorities was broad and farsighted. She added that IDA had all necessary equipment like laptops, ARC GIS 9.1 software, plotters and most importantly raw data to feed into the database.

Ashish explained that GIS is basically an information system that has geographical information into it. It works like a normal database system and helps find optimum routes. Ranjana added that it was like a talking map. Ranjana said fire stations, ambulances and laymen can find suitable route, land area, unsold plots and farmers can even trace their ‘Khasra’ (area owned by them) with the help of GIS.

They said that after feeding data once, the system responds to queries and helps for taxation and commercial purposes, too. Anyone can pose queries through the system that would be made available on the IDA website soon. The scales, parameters and survey data were ready with the IDA and the students are feeding this data to build up a geographical system.

The students are here for 45 days and could not work with Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) due to time constraints. They have been to Nakhrali Dhani and Treasure Island and have also shopped at Rajwada and Cloth Market.

The girls were all praise for the food and clothes available here. Kuheli said even Pune did not have a mall as large as Treasure Island.

However, Kuheli feels that the traffic regime of Indore was awry. The sewage system also needs some renovation. Tejwant and Ranjana have already decided that back home they would try to develop systems to solve the traffic and sewage problems of Indore.

IDA Office in-charge (Planning) Vijay Marathe said that the students were willing to work and there was 70 per cent deficit of trained manpower in the field of GIS. He stated that they have really good suggestions about the free land area and traffic system in the City.

The four youngsters would be more than happy to work with IDA, if given a chance. They have high regard for the senior officials and the cooperative nature of the people in IDA. Ashish said it was very rare to find such high technology and willingness to apply it in government departments.

Tejwant said government officials had the necessary data, but there were no protocols to share this data so that other people can use it to good benefit. GIS brings together such data and makes it easily available for people.

The software required to develop GIS system alone costs Rs 12 lakh and a licence is required from the company to use it. The plotter and other instruments are equally costly. Surveys and trained manpower add to the cost. Ranjana revealed said IDA had satellite images of the two schemes being developed in the City.

These satellite images are very expensive. Once the map and GIS was activated on the website it would become very easy and systematic to gain information about both schemes.

People would not have to queue up at IDA office for small information like availability of land in Schemes 151 and 164, area of plot owned by a particular person, geographical position of that plot and the shortest route to reach there. The talking map would tell it all.