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AMC hires pvt firm to map new areas

The civic body has decided to outsource surveying and mapping for new areas added to its limits where 54 town planning schemes are lined up.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
July 17, 2011 2:39:07 am

The civic body has decided to outsource surveying and mapping for new areas added to its limits where 54 town planning schemes are lined up. After the merger of new areas,AMC’s limits now extend over 466 sq km,up from 192 sq km.

The job has been outsourced to a private agency,which will be paid Rs 2.84 crore over the next three years.

Initial mapping will involve field survey of areas based on data with city survey office,marking open lands,green patches and existing structures spread over an estimated 8,190 hectares in the areas for which 54 TP schemes will be prepared in the next three years. “The idea behind getting this preliminary exercise done by a private agency is to expedite the preparation of pending town planning schemes,” Bhupendra Patel,chairman of the municipal standing committee,said.

To avoid a monopoly situation,the committee has also decided to divide work among more such agencies that agree to take up the job for the same charges as being paid to the current agency,Systematic Survey and Map Making Agency,Patel said.

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This is for the first time that the civic body had outsourced survey and mapping job to a private agency,leaving many among its staff worried. He said the survey would be conducted with the help of latest equipment and techniques.

In 2005,the then municipal commissioner Anil Mukim had ordered an aerial survey of the entire city with latest cameras installed on a special aircraft but the exercise was abandoned midway in the wake of Mukim’s transfer to Union Commerce Ministry.

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