The Chandigarh administration has started carrying aerial survey of the properties, both residential and commercial, for geographic information system (GIS) mapping with the help of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drones. With this, Chandigarh has become first city in the country to conduct aerial survey of properties using drones. The survey is being be done in collaboration with PEC University.
The project has been accorded approval by the department of Land Resources, Ministry of Rural Development, government of India and has sanctioned budget of Rs 7 crore.
Giving details, UT deputy commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi, said that the drones are capable of delivering cadastral maps with minimum of 2.5 cm accuracy. Joshi said that GIS system will enable them to maintain digital record of all the properties which include ownership, approved building plan etc.
The system will help them in detecting any encroachments on government land. Complete detail of land ownership will also help in avoid fraudulent sale of the properties. For execution of the project, the estate office has set a deadline of one year. The estate office is custodian of all the properties in the city. The estate office is also planning to link each property with the Aadhaar card of the owners. The step will help in putting a check on malpractices in property transactions.