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DDA to go hi-tech to protect vacant plots
ET Realty  |  January 28, 2019

Sidharatha Roy New Delhi

Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is going to deploy drones to protect its vacant land parcels spread across the capital from encroachment. A drone survey of its land is part of a multi-pronged strategy to counter the menace of rampant encroachment on DDA’s lands, which will also include use of satellite images and an award scheme for its employees as an incentive to check encroachment.

 

“To protect DDA’s land and property, we will be using drones and satellite images and we are also introducing an award scheme for DDA employees,” DDA vice-chairman Tarun Kapoor told TOI. Kapoor said that DDA will engage private drone operators for getting its land photographed and it already has a tie-up with Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Regional Remote Sensing Centre (RRSC) for providing DDA satellite images. Kapoor said that DDA has already started receiving current images and those going back to 2007 of its vacant land parcels to keep a track of encroachments.

 

Encroachment on its land is a major problem faced by DDA and many measures taken in the past have not helped with the problem.

 

Using drones will help DDA get aerial images of its vacant land and detect encroachments. As DDA’s vacant land parcels are spread over huge areas, taking photographs from ground level is not only time-consuming but will also not give the desired results, which will be possible through aerial photography through drones.

 

DDA is also planning to incentivise DDA employees who contribute towards retrieval and protection of DDA land by giving them cash awards and commendations. The awards will be given under five categories, the first of which will be for retrieval of DDA land for which an award was issued but it was not listed in its records. The second category of awards will be for those who are able to remove encroachments from DDA land apart from those removed as per court orders.

 

The third category of awards will be for those employees who clear debris from DDA land, protect it by constructing boundary walls and installing signboards and include it in the DDA’s land management inventory. The fourth category of awards will be for DDA’s Quick Reaction Team (QRT) members who have been able to protect DDA’s vacant land from any encroachment or dumping of debris and through regular inspections, have ensured there are no breaches in the boundary walls. The last category or awards is for employees who are able to vacate unauthorised occupants from DDA’s built-up properties such as flats.

 

In each of the categories, the first prize is of Rs 10,000 for each member of a team comprising maximum five members, second prize will be of Rs 5,000 for each team member for a team comprising of maximum three members and the third prize will be Rs 3,000 for team members of a team comprising of three members. Apart from cash award, DDA will also give a citation and trophy to the awardees. The awards will initially be given every six months and will be later given on yearly basis.