Is your house on a storm water drain? Now you can find this out in a few steps. While the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is going ahead with the demolition drive, a citizen has come up with an online application that will help people verify specific locations.
“This is a simple way to access Bengaluru survey maps to check for lake and rajakaluve encroachments. You can also use it for a better understanding of our villages and other geographical features,” said Shiv Shankar, the city-based entrepreneur, who developed the ‘Mapshalli’ application. “All the information is already out there. I have just made it more accessible,” he said.
BBMP has uploaded all the maps and the rajakaluve encroachment list onto their website. “At one point of time, when I was using their website, I found it very difficult to use especially if you want to search for a particular location. So, on my part, I did some research to help people use these resources,” said the developer, who has currently mapped around 14 villages around the Whitefield area.
Verifying the encroachment information was cumbersome due to various reasons. “A simple example would be something like Palm Meadows club that everybody thinks is in Ramagondanahalli, actually belongs to a small village called R Narayanapura. Unless you know that, you won’t be able to check for this location on the BBMP website,” he said.
Such hurdles are now removed with this application. “In order to make it very simple, I used Google maps, where you can locate your property. Over this, you load the different survey maps from the BBMP like the Kannada map and the encroachment list. I used the maps provided by BBMP to integrate them into an application to make it simple to use,” he said talking about how the web application works. In this case, one does not need to know the village name or ward number of the property.
Here, the user can search for a specific property in an area. “Once the location is identified, the user can load the survey map of the particular area using the application. The survey numbers will be mapped in two different colours – if it is black in colour that means it is fine. If it is in red, then it has been identified by BBMP as part of the encroached list,” he said. If users know the specific village name and survey number, they can use that detail for searching as well. The application also has a satellite mode which can also be used to see the rajakaluves. There are provisions to download the BBMP village map in PDF format. A dedicated Facebook page for the application encourages user interaction.
Though he has started with just one area, he said the idea was to make the entire city accessible through the app, and take feedback from people. “I think there is more information people are looking into, that can be added,” said Shiv Shankar, who developed the application in two weeks’ time.
The application can be accessed at http://www.mapshalli.org/.
Credits Bangalore Mirror