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Drone mapping project begins

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The Hindu        22.11.2017  

Drone mapping project begins

Gathering data:A drone survey organised by the Corporation in Raja Annamalaipuram on Tuesday.R. Ragu  

Gaps in civic amenities to be identified

The Chennai Corporation on Tuesday started a project for mapping of utilities and private properties using drones, developing a Geographical Information System (GIS) based on the drone mapping. A few years ago, former Mayor Saidai Duraisamy announced the project at the Chennai Corporation Council.

“The project will be used for planning of development work on a priority basis. We will make major policy decisions based on the results of the survey. We will complete the work in 120 days,” said S.P. Velumani, Minister for Municipal Administration.

“Chennai is the fourth largest local body in India. It has an area of 426 sq. km. and 75 lakh people. The World Bank has funded the project estimated at Rs. 6.43 crore. Two unmanned aerial vehicles will be used to map the city,” said Mr. Velumani.

The civic body has obtained clearances from various agencies such as the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and district administrations of Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur apart from the Home Ministry.

The mapping is expected to be a tool to identify gaps in civic amenities. The project, proposed years ago, failed to take off because of the challenges in implementing modifications to the Ministry of Defence guidelines on digital map data handling. For the past few years, local bodies such as Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad have been appealing to the NIC on removal of restrictions, pointing to the several restrictions pertaining to key aspects of geo-reference maps, such as collecting and disseminating information on strategic areas.

Chennai Corporation officials said that removal of restrictions in many parts of the city is likely to be challenging, on account of strategic reasons. A more detailed digital mapping and a GIS based on the mapping would help plan the development of civic amenities.

“Each of the images will be screened by the defence authorities concerned and used only after clearance,” said an official.

 

Chennai Corporation plans to link Aadhaar with civic services

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The Hindu      22.11.2017 

Chennai Corporation plans to link Aadhaar with civic services

Going digital:Data available with the Corporation from 1934 will be covered initially as part of the integration process.File Photo  

Data on birth, death certificates to be linked

Chennai Corporation is planning to integrate Aadhaar with various civic services, including birth and death certificates, property tax assessment, trade licence and building approval.

Over the past few years, there have been many instances of residents complaining to the Chennai Corporation Commissioner whenever zonal level officials asked residents to produce Aadhaar for civic services. Former councillors have also been complaining to senior officials that zonal level officials were reportedly harassing residents, demanding Aadhaar. A few years ago, former Commissioner Vikram Kapur had even warned zonal level officials of action for demanding Aadhaar from residents for civic services.

Now, the situation seems to be changing. Following a meeting on the State Resident Data hub held on October 23, senior officials have informed zonal level officials that database integration of Aadhaar may be carried out to “ensure the authenticity of the individuals availing themselves of civic services”.

“To validate the correctness of data entered in birth and death, all taxation and all other types of public service related information, integration of UID data will be carried out,” said an official of the Corporation.

Integration of Aadhaar data with modules, such as birth and death, taxation and public related information, will lead to proper authentication of the citizen demographic information. “This will also integrate Greater Chennai Corporation data with other departments,” said the official.

Data available with the Corporation from 1934 will be covered initially. The birth registration details are available for 69,05,698 residents. Death registration details are available for 29,15,701 residents. Property Tax Assessment data on 12,05,666 residents, profession tax assessment data of 1,22,766 residents, company tax assessment data of 16,036 residents, trade licence data of 53,006 residents, town planning data of 2,177 residents in old system and town planning data of 1,713 residents online will be integrated with Aadhaar.

Council decision

“For Aadhaar linkage, Greater Chennai Corporation has to enrol as a sub authentication user agency,” said an official.

Currently, the Tamil Nadu e governanace Agency (TNeGA) is functioning as an authentication user agency. To enrol as a sub authentication user agency, a joint undertaking has to be signed by the civic body. The application of sub authentication user agency under Regulation 15 of Aadhaar (Authentication) Regulations, 2016 will be submitted shortly. The Corporation Special Officer’s Council has decided to send a letter to TNeGA for authorising the Chennai Corporation as a sub authentication user agency, said an official.

Former DMK Councillor Deva Jawahar said any decision on Aadhaar should be taken only after discussing the problems faced by residents at the new Corporation Council.

“Many officials seem to be unable to understand all the aspects of the problems faced by residents. So the Special Officer’s Council of the Chennai Corporation Commissioner should not take such major decisions without a debate,” said Mr. Jawahar.

 

A first in India: Chennai Corporation launches drone mapping of properties

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The Times of India        21.11.2017  

A first in India: Chennai Corporation launches drone mapping of properties

Tamil Nadu municipal administration minister S P Velumani inaugurates drone mapping of properties, in Chennai on Tuesday (TOI photo by B A Raju)
Tamil Nadu municipal administration minister S P Velumani inaugurates drone mapping of properties, in Chennai
CHENNAI: The Greater Chennai Corporation on Tuesday became the first municipal body in the country to commission drone mapping of properties and utilities, with the project being inaugurated by Tamil Nadu municipal administration minister S P Velumani.

Hyderabad-based RSI Softech India Pvt Ltd will execute the mapping project.

Two hexacopters, each costing nearly Rs 21 lakh, will be used for the project while two quadcopters will be kept on standby. The project will cost the corporation Rs 6.43 crore and the city's 426 sq.km area will be covered in 120 days.

The drones, which will be fitted with high resolution camera, will capture five images in one second. The images will be superimposed on each other at a 60 degree angle and then processed to generate a 3D map of the city.

Velumani said the corporation had to obtain the consent of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the ministry of home and defence, Intelligence Bureau, the district administrations of Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur and the Chennai city police.

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Actually such a good project should have been launched by the likes of Gangai Amaran in Paiyanoor along the ECR.Sachidhanantha Narayanan

The mapping will be supervised by the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD). The images captured by the drone will have to be processed by the ministry of defence before being made available for the corporation. Until the data is verified by the defence ministry, it will be stored at a secure site in Ripon Buildings under the supervision of an official in the rank of executive engineer.

"The mapping will facilitate planning of development work for the city on a priority basis," Velumani said.
 
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