Mumbai: Mumbaikars will now be able to view slum clusters in the city on a map uploaded on the web. This map is uploaded by the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) on their website and has so far identified at least 2397 slum clusters in the city.
This has been made possible through a system called Geographic Information System (GIS). The mapping was done by the authority from 2015 onwards. This system has been developed by National Informatics Centre based in Delhi. “The mapping was done with the help of data already available with SRA. It is a continuous process and the cluster numbering keeps changing after the demarcation of slum areas has been done,” said a senior SRA official. These clusters have been identified after listing them in the SRA scheme. These clusters have been spread at a area measuring at least 8101 acres.
The mapping can be viewed online on sra.gov.in under the GIS portal. This process has been done for the first time in the city with the authorities having the maps of the slum areas on their system. “This mapping is useful for the citizens, architects and developers for their project work,” added the official.
The architects and developers can locate the slum areas on the map and know the details including their location and area. These details are essential for their redevelopment projects. “The architects and developers can view boundaries of a particular village or ward on the map. They can also get to know to which competant authority does the land belong to and start their further process,” added a senior official who is in-charge of the GIS portal.
Earlier the developers had to manually go to the spot and conduct the demarcation. With this mapping, the developer can view the details on the map alone. “The developer can also submit the scheme online after conducting meeting with the tenements of the particular locality. Earlier, they had to visit SRA office which involved excess paper work,” added the official.