VMC Adopts LiDAR Tech for Survey

The GPS-enabled survey is part of the ‘Smart City’ initiative to track property, water tax defaulters

Published: 20th March 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th March 2015 06:00 AM   |  A+A-

VMC Adopts

VIJAYAWADA:For more accurate mapping of  properties in the city, the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) has introduced 3D Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology in the revenue survey. Using this GPS-enabled technology, the civic officials can identify the structure of properties, plinth area, usage and other details.

Municipal commissioner G Veerapandian, along with officials of the revenue department, conducted the LiDAR-based revenue survey in 21A ward here Thursday. The survey covered about 30 per cent properties in the ward, which has some 2,000 to 3,000 assessments.

“As a part of the ‘Smart City’ project, we have used the GPS technology survey to identify the defaulters of property tax, D and O trade licence and advertisement tax. So far, we have been doing it manually, but now the data will be more scientific and it will enable the civic authorities to effectively address the problem of tax defaulters,” he explained.

A special vehicle is fitted with five cameras take the snapshots of the assessments and automatically uploads them in the server. These shots will be used to create 3D digital models of city, which will also capture intricate details of even inside view of properties.

The civic authorities are planning to provide wi-fi connectivity to all houses, after completing the Lidar-based revenue survey, for easy accessibility to the services being offered by the VMC and other government offices. The people can also make online payments of all taxes, as a part of ‘Smart City’ project.

“To make Vijayawada a ‘Smart City’, we are planning to transform all schools and hospitals into smart schools and smart hospitals, use LED lights and keep vigil on traffic movement through surveillance cameras, which also helps reduce the crime rate,” Veerapandian added.

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