Facing a surge of nearly 1 billion urban residents by 2050, the Indian government is hoping that satellite imagery and geographic information systems can provide the necessary impetus to get the estimated 75% of the country's major cities and towns that have no master plans to start preparing for a vastly different future.
"As Post Noon reports, the government is for the first time making available satellite imagery to the planners and development officials in these nearly 8,000 towns and cities," writes Berg. "It's part of a National Urban Information System that is aiming to give municipalities access to the imagery and to help develop geographic information system databases that will be able to inform the needs of these areas as they develop over the next few decades."
"According to The Hindu, satellite imagery has been used in recent master planning efforts in the city of Khammam, about 120 miles east of Hyderabad. Government officials are using this city's plan as a model for how other cities and towns can use the newly available imagery to inform the future direction of these places as they prepare to undergo massive demographic changes," notes Berg.