Mismatch in census, Telangana district administration maps


With census data and maps deviating from those prepared by the government for Hyderabad district, a group of data analysts are asking where boundaries of the district actually are.

According to urban geographers and data analysts at Hyderabad Urban Lab, census’s physical description of the district is incomprehensive and confusing in itself but the maps that were made available two weeks ago by census authorities show several features missing or differently drawn when compared to Telangana government’s map.

The government’s map itself is at variance with what the National Informatics Corporation (NIC) and what district administration itself uses.

Prominent variations that the team pointed out included differences in boundaries of Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB), and Golconda mandal where the physical description, according to census, shows a rhino horn like protrusion while the map shows no such feature.

The team also pointed out that Amberpet mandal is shown by census maps as spilling beyond Musi river to the south of the city, while the physical description defines its boundaries along the northern bank of the river. The team members mentioned that maps provided by census and Telangana district administrations do not match.

“It is important that the government should set get the maps right before it can take up additional surveys which generate a lot of data and add to confusion. The problem is not of multiple jurisdictions as in the case of Hyderabad but is one of disorganisation of datasets,” said Harsha Devulapalli, one of HUL’s urban researchers.

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