By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: The Bangalore Development Authority can use proper software and hardware and automate the process of digitization for every day it create information and full potential of Digital India can only be realized when all the information created is made available instantly anytime anywhere on any device .Sadly this is not happening despite Bangalore is IT capital of Asia. Lot of information is still in silos and major chunk is still on paper and every day information on paper is created.E mails are still not used by the departments. Organaisations must digitize their records every day not only to reduce the paper but to ensure smooth flow of nformation.Government to motivate and prioritize the digitization and understand what to digitize and how to digitize and how to name the files for retrieval of the information by selecting best hard ware platforms and best software platforms for document management systems. This will reduce the corruption .
Bangalore development authority failed digitize its developed layouts plan to counter check site allotments of about 2 lakh numbers made to general public up till date with reference to allotment orders or allotment list made as per rules and to find out how many site were need to be regularized in BDA notified area under re-convey schemes under section 38-C of amended BDA Act..If this data is made out available in public domain entire story of unlimited corruption is BDA will be out in public domain and it will be easy to find out the many scams that are made in BDA since its inception. Allotment list and site numbers in layout plan and registered documents all need to be compared and matched.If it is not matching culprits need to be found out. .Site Numbers which are not allotted but occupied by the owners need to be re-conveyed under section 38-C of BDA Act. The status of project of digitization taken up by BDA is not kown. Bangalore Development Authority from the day of its inception has developed layouts and has made site allotments of about 2 lakh numbers of sites to general public. During the last one decade more than 10 new layouts have been added to the growing city by BDA. It can also check whether the sites allotted were still with original allottees or all have sold it for profit. The city of Bangalore has been growing at an unprecedented scale during the past 15 years. No longer the sleepy town that it used to be, with the winds of the IT boom beneath its wings, it has soared to such heights that it is widely acclaimed to be the Silicon Valley of India. All the internationally renowned IT companies have established a centre in Bangalore which now contributes a substantial percentage of the State of Karnataka's revenue.
The authority has more than 1500 map sheets in hardcopy format which requires to be converted into digital layers for access, search, discovery as well as updating for planning and administration. The Bangalore Development Authority was established on 6th January 1976 under the BDA Act 1976.The Authority was set up with the primary objective of fulfilling the Planning functions of the city. Prior to this the planning functions of Bangalore were vested in the hands of the City Improvement Trust Board.Bangalore Development Authority intended to create digital database of all the layouts coming under its jurisdiction to plan and monitor all its developmental activities using geospatial technologies. Bangalore Development Authority from the day of its inception has developed layouts and has made site allotments of about 2 lakh numbers of sites to general public. During the last one decade more than 10 new layouts have been added to the growing city by BDA. The authority has more than 1500 map sheets in hardcopy format which requires to be converted into digital layers for access, search, discovery as well as updation for planning and administration.The main objective of the project is to digitize layout maps of BDA using geospatial technologies and integrate them on a GIS platform. Methodology:Scanned sheets available with BDA about 1000 will be taken up for integration in the 1st phase in a phased manner. Retracing of maps for about 200 layout maps available with the department will also be taken up in the 1st phase. In the 2nd phase maps available with BDA in severely damaged shape will be taken up for retracing and reconstruction using latest geospatial techniques and high resolution satellite imageries (wherever Google images suffice it will be used in reconstruction of the maps). To begin with all the soft copies available with the department for the planning districts will be integrated with Bangalore city map with proper georeferencing. Changes in land use would also be done in consultation with the officials of the department to all the layout maps. The hard copies will be taken up for integrating with Bangalore city map in the second phase.
State and central Government has to publish every year the work they carry out or the information they create under 4(1) (a) (b) (c) every day ,but it did not published all the work carried out by the government under section 4(1) (a) (b) (c) (d)of RTI Act 2005and it has not provided citizens and opportunity to ask the reasons under section 4(1) (a) (b) (c) (d). This information and reasons need to be provided to me as per Guide on RTIto Information Act 2005 published by the Government of India Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Department of Personnel & Training (available here :http://rti.gov.in/RTICorner/Guideonrti.pdf) on page 12 and Para 9, following is stated: Providing Reasons for Decisions: The public authorities take various administrative and quasi-judicial decisions which affect the interests of certain persons. It is mandatory for the concerned public authority to provide reasons for such decisions to the affected persons. It may be done by using appropriate mode of communication .Attention is also invited towards the thread 'affected person ' under rti act.In fact, it can be said that "Affected" refers back to an action. The"Affected Persons" are the ones who are affected by that action. The reasons need to be given to affected person and copy of that can be given to me under 2 f of RTI Act. The KSOUoffice is THE PUBLIC AUTHORITY under obligation to provide information "PUBLICLY” under section 4(1) (a) (b) (c) (d). The state government and all its departments need to publish everything they do in year as per RTI Act 2005 and this need to be published every year and applicant asking information becomes easier to provide also to the applicant and Government becomes transparent .