February 25, 2011 2:59:08 am
The UP government is set to undertake the GIS mapping of the road network in the state. The Public Works Department has already completed a pilot project covering 21 of the 72 districts.
The GIS-based Road Information System will cover all roads,including the national highways,state highways,major districts roads and other roads. The system,which will provide the information related to physical position and attributes of the roads,would be available online for use,an official said.
The GIS-based vectors maps of 21 districts in Lucknow,Faizabad and Jhansi zones,which the PWD has developed on pilot basis,are not available on the net,although the department is using them. The pilot was executed by Delhi-based firm Geoinfosys.
The state has a 3.36 lakh km road network,which includes 6,684 kms of national highways,7,857 km of state highways,7,101 km of major district roads and 3,15,211km of rural and other roads.
A presentation of the work under the pilot project and the planning for the other 51 districts would be made before a team of the World Bank officials who are visiting Lucknow on February 26,an official said. UPPWD will seek funds from the World Bank for GIS mapping of these 51 districts.
UPPWD will commission an experienced team of consultants for preparation of GIS-based vector maps for the remaining 51 districts, said AK Verma,Chief Engineer (World Bank,Roads),UPPWD.
The GIS images of all 72 districts would be posted online and by clicking on the image of any road,one could get the coordinates of any particular site on the road. By submitting these coordinates in a box provided on the same web page,all the information of that road would appear on the screen, said another UPPWD official.
The information would be updated annually. UPPWD conducts a survey of every road in state every year and collects information on 59 points,including location,length,width,depth,thickness of upper layer,smoothness,connectivity,traffic and roadside features.
The GIS-based road information system will enable people to find the shortest and best suitable route for any destination. It will also help the government in planning development works in the area.
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