Hyderabad: The official and authentic map of Telangana State, GIS-enabled at that, would soon be available with all the relevant data pertaining to each of the 31 districts.
According to Survey of India (SoI) officials, the new map should be ready within a couple of months. The State government took up the massive exercise of reorganisation of districts in 2016, increasing the number of districts from 10 at the time of bifurcation to 31 for administrative efficiency and easy accessibility for the public.
Following the reorganisation, a plethora of maps flooded the markets. However, they were not from the Central agency, which was tasked with the job of providing exact coordinates for the State and its boundaries.
Speaking to Telangana Today, Major General V P Srivastava, Surveyor General of India (additional charge), said: “We are in the process of releasing a new map for Telangana State. It would take us another month or two to release the new map. The Central government will have to release a Gazette Order, so that we can put the map out for publication.”
That’s not all that’s coming the State’s way. It would possess a state-of-the-art map enabled with Geographic Information System (GIS) as well. “In a GIS enabled map, officials would be able to keep tabs on different aspects like population, buildings, green cover and other details at the click of a button. Such a map would help the administrators keep a check on various aspects which will pave the way for better administration,” Srivastava said.
Apart from the benefits to the administration, particularly the Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD) Department, even school students who are currently perplexed with their map pointing projects would have a clearer picture of the State.