6 months from now, the Development Plan (DP) of Pune is all set to go digital.The Urban Development Department (UDD) has taken up the initiative with the help of Nagpur-based Maharashtra Remote Sensing Applications Centre (MRSAC). The deadline for digitisation of all the maps is June 2010. The UDD plans to digitise the maps and put it on the world wide web. They also want to keep it open for amendments or adaptations as well ensure print outs through a plotter machine.
Even as the government is yet to clear the DP, the existing DP and the draft DP will nevertheless be digitized.
Following the move, investors will be able to find out online if the land they are investing in is legitimate or has been reserved.
These maps will clearly give the idea of different zones, reservation and amenities in the public domain. "It was not available earlier for the public. To get a copy of the map, several trips had to be made to the civic body. This will ensure that anybody can get their city's DP at a click of the mouse," said principal secretary UDD T C Benjamin.
"This will ensure standardization of maps and specific colors will given to various reserved zones," he said. Yellow will represent residential zone, green is for green zone and light red will denote public/ semi-public zones.
There will be several other such color codes that would be uniformly followed for all the maps in the state. This move would make it easier for citizens to know about plots open for development and those earmarked for construction, he said.
Vijay Kumbhar, an RTI activist, said if the government is able to clear the proposal it would definitely ensure transparency.
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