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Punjab launches app to check illegal construction

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today launched a mobile app to check unauthorised construction, and also unveiled a new web portal of the housing department for online issuance of change of land use.

While the app will enable quick action to stop any ongoing illegal construction, the web portal will facilitate easy land use change and help citizens track any such change, the Singh said.

As a pilot project the web portal has been launched for the Lalru master plan and shall shortly be available for all the other master plan towns.

Already being used as a pilot project by the department in the districts of Mohali, Fatehgarh Sahib and Ropar, the android-based app, known as PUDA-UCIC (unauthorised constructions and illegal colonies), has been opened for public use in the GMADA (Greater Mohali Area Development Authority) region. 


With this app, field staff and the public will be able to take pictures of any unauthorised construction from the spot and upload them for further action.

Giving details of its operating system, an official spokesperson said complaints would automatically be assigned to concerned officials based on GIS maps and GPS locations, and alerts would go out to the concerned officials by SMS and email.

Further, the system is designed to send regular updates to citizens and concerned officials, while the administration can view reports with pictures and satellite imagery.

The concerned officer will then upload their remarks in the app and the information will be immediately sent to the District Town Planner and the Chief Administrator concerned in the form of an e-mail.

Thereafter, immediate action would be initiated by the regulatory wing to stop the illegal construction.

The satellite and geotagging based app will provide the unique details of the location, enabling the officials to take quick action to stop the ongoing illegal construction and illegal colonies on the land.

Besides keeping track of unauthorised constructions and development of illegal colonies, the app will also enable the field staff to mark their attendance while they are at site.

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