Assessing the Implementation of Rawalpindi’s Guided Development Plan through GIS and Remote Sensing

REAL CORP 2010 Proceedings/Tagungsband, Vienna, 18-20 May 2010

Muhammad ADEEL

“Rawalpindi is the fourth largest city of Pakistan inhibiting 2 million people. Growth of Traffic in Rawalpindi city has acquired an alarming situation and put tremendous pressure on infrastructure of the city. Rawalpindi Development Authority conducted the series of traffic surveys in 1995, 1998 and a Guided Development Plan was formulated to develop proper road infrastructure, a series of main & sub-main traffic corridors. The plan is supposed to be implemented soon. But with the passage of time, road alignment plans are required to be updated with respect to the ongoing development activity in the area. Traffic and ground surveys were conducted in year 2007. But it 2009, the plan needs to be rechecked. Required cost, time and manpower for this purpose make this task virtually impossible, thus hindering the implementation of the project.

“In this paper, we have proposed a system of regularly monitoring on ground situation, using high resolution “Quickbird” satellite images of and Geographical Information Systems, at a relatively lower cost. Satellite images have been used to identify the exact on ground alignment of the proposed roads through spatial overlays of georeferenced data. The process will support authority to know whether the proposed development falls under the right of way of a proposed network. The system will thus help regularizing the development activity and help identify the unauthorized construction activity taking place in the area. The approach also helps identifying alternative route alignment more efficiently.”