The Survey of Pakistan (SoP)–the National Surveying & Mapping Organization of the country has found the National Highway Authority (NHA) involved in carrying out Surveying & Mapping (S&M) activities through numerous firms/companies/entities which are neither registered nor security cleared, official documents revealed.
As per the Surveying and Mapping Act 2014, it is the foremost effort of SoP to produce quality Geo-Spatial data and monitor S&M activities of various public and private organizations within the country.
In order to regularize/ monitor S&M activities, and to prevent the unauthorized production of geospatial data, proper legislation has been made in the forms Surveying and Mapping Act 2014 & Amendment 2020 and Surveying & Mapping Rules 2015 & Amendment 2023.
According to these Acts and Rules, no public or private organization, private firm or individual, national or international, shall undertake any geospatial data collection, production, or analysis work and surveying and mapping activities unless they are registered with SoP.
Official documents revealed that NHA being the custodian of Road Infrastructure of the country, executes numerous projects that involve the component of S&M activities, and such activities are being carried out by numerous firms/ Companies/ entities etc which are neither registered with SoP nor security cleared as per the procedure laid down by SoP.
For a Comprehensive implementation of the purpose of the aforementioned Act & Rules and to ensure the security of National data, it is put forward that the Planning Commission may ensure:
- For the preparation of PC-I documents wherein the component of S&M (if any) is involved be only, carried out by firms that are registered with SoP for the sake of maintaining quality & accuracy of S&M work, and the same be shared with SoP, free of cost, as per aforementioned Acts & Rules.
- All data produced (Base Maps, Derivative Maps & other products, etc) will be submitted to SoP for vetting or evaluation as per Clause 7(b) of the Surveying & Mapping Act 2020 and Clause 6(b) of the Surveying & Mapping (Amendment) Rules, 2023.