Mumbai: SRA conducts survey of slums in Vikhroli using ‘drone cameras’

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Mumbai: In a first, the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) conducted demarcation of the sprawling slums in Vikhroli via ‘drone camera’s (phantom four PRO) on Friday. At least 2300 slums were identified using the drone cameras and it captured the pictures of slum pockets within a span of 25 minutes. These slums are located along the railway in Vikhroli east.

On Friday, the SRA authorities used the drone camera as a part of their survey which was conducted in Vikhroli area. The SRA has used drone in the area as its pilot project for accurate demarcation of slum clusters in the area. This new technology has allowed the authorities to know the outer demarcation of the slum pockets which are spread out in a particular area. “The drone cameras can help us provide with digitized data of the slum pockets. It will also give us the geographical area of the slum pockets,” added the official.

The drone was used in the slum pockets of Vikhroli in the presence of police protection and after acquiring necessary permission from Mumbai police as flying drone has been tagged illegal by the officials. “We had sought for permission from Mumbai police Commissioner last year and received the final permission on Friday,” added the official.

The drone cameras belong to the authorized agencies who are working with us for conducting the biometric survey.  “These cameras are useful as it completed within a limited period of time and provide accurate details of the slums pockets,” said a senior SRA official. The SRA will now conduct the bio-metric survey based on the photographs captured on the drone camera. “We would once again seek police permission to conduct similar surveys using drone cameras in other areas,” added the official.

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