New Delhi: Science and technology minister Kapil Sibal has said a three-dimensional (3D) city model of Delhi would be completed by December 2007 at a cost of Rs100 crore. Unveiling a pilot project for the Chandni Chowk area, Sibal said the city model could have applications for urban planning, utility providers as well as disaster mitigation.
The government is also considering sharing the technology with other ministries and commercializing it by creating a special purpose vehicle to license the technology to the private sector, Sibal added.
The project, developed by the Survey of India along with the Russian Academy of Sciences, involved satellite imagery of over 10,000 buildings in the neighbourhood, which was then complemented by video images of streets. Union urban development minister Jaipal Reddy said the technology could prove to be very useful to prevent illegal constructions around the city as well as for implementation of zonal plans, as identified by the Master Plan for Delhi 2021.