GIS-based infrastructure planning for Belgaum sought

Anil Urs Hubli | Updated on February 07, 2011 Published on February 07, 2011

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based urban renewal, infrastructure planning and execution of civic works is needed for Belgaum city.

Mr Rajeev Topannavar of BelgaumNext told Business Line that it has submitted a detail proposal as to how to implement GIS for delivery of civic services to the district administration.

Belgaum Next is a people's initiative to bridge the gap between good and bad governance on the strength of an open citizen's platform.

“We have requested to the State Government to create a special provision in the Rs 100-crore grant for development of IT systems and up gradation of technology in City Corporation of Belgaum and other associated agencies,” said Mr Topannavar.

At present there are no efficient GIS tools used by the corporation, when most of the other corporations are using GIS tools for planning and monitoring of projects.

City Development Plan

Mr Topannavar said “Primary focus to be given to micro-level planning which should be incorporated in the City Development Plan (CDP), before doing any investments on infrastructure without micro-level planning and CDP its unwise, which would lead to unplanned and non-systematic development which would further lead to different urban problems.”

The present CDP was prepared in 1994, a new CDP was proposed to come out by 2004-07 but due to various reasons unknown the new CDP has not been released.

“The new CDP that is in progress is not well planned nor is it planned according to the growth centralities like education and industry of Belgaum city. Our observation says that the agencies involved in the creation of the new CDP are just map editing agencies without any profound knowledge of urban design and planning. It is important for the district administration to appoint an agency to re-assess the existing CDP, plan from bottom to top and then the funds have to be utilised. Encouragement for public participation is a huge must for both micro level planning and CDP,” said Mr Topannavar.

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Published on February 07, 2011
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