The importance of geospatial technologies is realized across the length and breadth of the world and India remains no exception. In an event held in the Indian state of Punjab, this fact was made quite evident.
National Conference on Role of Geospatial Technologies to Bridge the Rural and Urban Divide held in Ludhiana, Punjab captured the true value of geospatial.
“The future lies in geospatial technology. We can not think of development until and unless we do not realize the importance of this technology, Punjab realizes the importance of the technology and hence the local government will sign a MoU with the Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC) so that the potential of the organization and technology can be used for overall development of the state,” said Navjot Singh Sidhu, Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, and Museums, State of Punjab at the conference. As the chief guest of the event, Sidhu further highlighted, “Satellite mapping can help in monitoring and regularization which can boost the pace of development. It has the power to abolish corruption and even terrorism.”
MoU for the development of the state
Talking on these sidelines, Dr. Brijendra Pateriya, Director of Punjab Remote sensing Centre said, “Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has announced that the Punjab local government will soon sign a MoU with PRSC. The MoU is for overall development of the state which includes mapping of illegal construction and colonies built in and around Punjab so that they can be removed and action can be taken against those found guilty in this. It is also for mapping of illegal encroachment on the government land to identify unused land of the government and give to those who are in need to enhance socio-economic condition and revenue generation of the government. Mapping will also be used for tax regularization”.
Through the MoU, the power of the technology will also give wings to like smart cities and AMRUT project of the state and mapping of heritage sites will also be done so that tourism of the state can be improved.
Dr. Pateria further said, “The Punjab Remote sensing is privileged to take this opportunity and serve the state. For this, we will bring together all other experts and companies who are working for the purpose so that a complete package can be delivered to the government to serve citizens
About the conference
The National Conference on Role of Geospatial Technologies to bridge the rural and urban divide is a two-day event organized by Punjab Remote sensing Centre in collaboration with Indian Society of Geomatics-Ludhiana Chapter. The major theme of the event were:
– Advances in geomatics and ITeS
– Urban planning and development
– Rural planning and development
– Tourism and infrastructure and industry
– Health and social welfare
– Agriculture and allied fields
– Natural and water resources
– Climate, ecology, environment and forestry
– Policy, planning, and governance, and
– Education, research and training.
The objective of the event is to sensitize the various stakeholder of government and society covering researchers, academicians, professionals, administrators and planners about the role of geospatial technologies in day to day life and also provide a platform to share technological advancement, research and expertise among budding and luminaries from academia, industry and professionals across the board of diversified field of science and technology working for rural development and better urban living.
Various eminent speakers and scientists from Department of Space India participated in the conference and shared their valuable visions on how geospatial technology can be used for development. Space Application Center of Odisha, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh along with government official of Punjab and academicians participated in the event.