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Scientific assessment of civic amenities through remote sensing, GIS soon

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, which has been on a drive to increase facilities in cities, will soon begin scientific assessment of civic amenities through remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS).

The state Urban Development and Science and Technology departments have been working in coordination to prepare an action plan for the same. The government will prepare a scientific database of roads, sewers and lakes in 126 urban bodies by utilising technology.

Principal Secretary (Urban Development) Amrit Abhijat said that the Remote Sensing Applications Centre of the Urban Development department along with the Science and Technology department had flung into action in this regard. He said through this, a database of basic amenities would be prepared keeping in mind the need to assess social and civic amenities and to ensure development in the urban areas of the state.

Through this, periodic testing, evaluation and monitoring of infrastructure facilities will be conducted, he added.

The principal secretary further said that along with this a database of all the roads in urban areas would also be prepared to monitor the status of the roads.

This will not only provide information about the condition of the roads, but will also enable the officials to get accurate information about the presence of potholes through the mobile app.

Similarly, the status of the drainage system, including its length, width and water-logging conditions will also be assessed through remote sensing and GIS techniques.

Along with this, accurate evaluation and inspection of the works being done in all the bodies of the state under the Mukhyamantri Nagar Srijan Yojana can be done at fixed intervals through this technique.

Moreover, a decision support system will be prepared by demonstrating the maps and data received from GIS on the geo-portal, which will improve its management by further strengthening the public utility facilities.

Amrit Abhijat said that the DPRs (detailed project reports) for the development and rejuvenation of 194 Amrit Sarovars of 126 urban bodies in the state have to be submitted in a time-bound manner.

He said the development of Amrit Sarovars was an attempt to improve the level of groundwater in the state.

Along with this, the rejuvenation and beautification of ghats and the development of places for the locals will be done.

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