Gill the first village of India to have the Map Digitally was Mapped by the Students of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College Ludhiana. Let me tell you the brief ablout it.
After finishing with GENESIS 09, it was an other excitement to handle a new project namely – GillMapping just the very next day. The project was organized by Dr HS Rai, Head of Civil Engineering Department with a joint effort of ACE (Association of Civil Engineers) and LUG (Linux User Group) consisting of 32 students and 4 professors all from Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College itself.
Beginning with the day, Dr H.S. Rai conducted a seminar based on introduction & advantages of GPS technology and Open Street Mapping, including speeches from other renowned persons Mr. GPS Walia from Jai Prakash Associates, Dr. Deepak Bhatti from Christian Medical College, Er. Pritpal Singh, a renowned traffic consultant who also runs a NGO named PATH (People And Their Hope) S. Gurmail Singh Sangowal & S. Gurcharan Singh of Nankana Sahib Education Trust.
The event and the real fun begun after we landed in field. I had to work to plot pathways in side the gill village with my class mate Amrinder Singh Dullat Holding a GPS device in hand and noting all the points we moved along the pathways of Gill Village, mapping 100 Acre of land ! Unimaginable we spent about 4 hours and we didn’t notice a single minute how the time passed out.
Talking about future plans, Dr. Rai said, “We have thought of starting this project from Gill village and thereafter the entire city will be covered. We are even planning to move on to big cities like Patiala. But initially, our focus would be on villages.”