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Google Earth to pave way for Haryana poll panel

Thanks to Google Earth,all the 1,627 polling booths in the June 2 municipal corporations polls in Haryana are only a click away for voters,security personnel and poll officials.

Thanks to Google Earth,all the 1,627 polling booths in the June 2 municipal corporations polls in Haryana are only a click away for voters,security personnel and poll officials. Not only this,the State Election Commission (SEC) also plans to monitor the security and sensitivity aspects of the elections through this.

Seven municipal corporations — Rohtak,Ambala,Yamunanagar,Hisar,Panipat,Karnal and Panchkula — going to the polls have 20 wards each except for Panipat,which has 24 wards. Each ward has more than a 100 polling booths. “We have loaded maps from Google Earth and it is a highly cost effective exercise. Downloading from Google is free and we already have our own website. It took us nearly two weeks to complete the process. Since all government offices have now been computerised,it was easy to convey them about the use of the maps,” said State Election Commissioner Dharamveer.

The SEC hopes that those involved in the election process will be able to pinpoint the accurate geographical location of booths through these maps in case of an emergency. It has also decided to deploy more forces to maintain law and order following intelligence inputs regarding possible trouble at the time of polling. While each polling booth will have two constables,mobile police units will also be deployed.

“The maps provide us with accurate distance and direction of the booths. With this,it will be much easier for the control rooms to move security force to the right direction in case of trouble. Also,the distance and details about the area indicate the time within which the supervisory staff will make a complete round of the ward. We had a dry run in Panipat. There was no variation in projected time,” said Dharamveer.

INLD manifesto: abolish property tax,Better infrastructure

The INLD on Sunday released its manifesto for the June 2 municipal corporation polls in seven districts of Haryana. The manifesto,among others,aims at abolishing property tax,lifting ban on registration of properties,allowing four-storey residential buildings in cities and giving regular employment to class IV employees. While releasing the manifesto,state party president Ashok Arora said: “Repair of all roads in urban limits and construction of new roads will be the priority of INLD… The power system of streets and roads will be repaired and mercury lights installed in cities. INLD also promises that water purification plant be installed in each waterworks,villages and colonies that come under municipal area.”