Both the Dhaka city corporations are preparing ward-wise digital mapping mainly aimed at facilitating coordination among the utility service providers.
The map will show all road connections that will help one find the way to a particular location within the city in the quickest possible time. The map will locate nearly 2.25 lakh holdings even mentioning the number of floors.
The map will show banks and financial institutions, educational institutions, fire services, hospitals, playgrounds, graveyards, mosques, temples and churches, lakes and water-bodies, amusement parks and even the location of dustbins.
"Once the map is made public the capital city will come in the hands of the residents," Md Sirazul Islam, chief town planner of Dhaka South City Corporation told The Daily Observer yesterday.
"We will upload the maps on our website and everybody can use it to meet their needs." Besides, the copy of the map will be sold at Tk 200 for each ward, he added.
The police, tourism department, different intelligence agencies such as National Security Intelligence, Directorate General of Forces Intelligence and Criminal Investigation Department, Fire Brigade and Civil Defence, Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation and Dhaka Electric Supply Authority can use the map for their own purposes.
The chief town planner while elaborating on the effectiveness of the map said, "Since law enforcing agencies nowadays use mobile tracking system as a tool to locate person or place, this map will help in the detection and operation of the raid to nab criminals more effectively."
Even the corporation can use the maps for tax assessment and collection, garbage and waste collection, maintenance of disposal system and controlling encroachment of land.
Sirazul, however, said the project was launched about ten years ago but has not been completed. "We have already submitted a set of proposals to the authorities to start the task again."
"Many developed countries are now using the technology, but we are lagging far behind," he added.