Bhubaneswar: Housing and Urban Development Minister Pratap Jena met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and presented him with India Geospatial Excellence Award for ‘Jaga Mission’ at the latter’s chamber here today.
The State government and Tata Trusts were jointly awarded with Geospatial Excellence Awards for the slum land titling project as part of JAGA Mission, at a special function of Geo Smart India at Hyderabad on Tuesday.
On August 10, 2017, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced the cabinet decision for providing land rights to slum dwellers in municipalities and NACs and property rights in municipal corporations.
After judicious evaluation of technology alternatives, drones were deployed for fast and accurate survey and mapping of slum areas for obtaining geospatial maps duly integrated with cadastral revenue maps.
As many as 1725 slums were mapped, 162,000 households were surveyed and more than 52,000 families granted land rights within the first 18 months. Geo Smart India gives the award for outstanding examples in innovation and excellence in geospatial sector each year.
Jaga Mission was launched by the Chief Minister on May 7, 2018, with an objective of transforming all the slums in the State to livable habitat. This launching even was attended by famous industrialist and philanthropist Ratan N Tata, who had described this noble venture as “earth shaking” and “far-reaching initiative”.
Till date, Tata Trusts is partnering with the State government for providing technical support.