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Central GIS body to be set up in India

New Delhi, India: Indian National GIS Organisation will be set up within a year to have a real-time look at development projects, such as road construction or drinking water facilities across India, Hindustan Times reported.

The body will help ministries such as environment, water resources, urban & rural development to integrate satellite- based technology with the infrastructure creation process.

“The GIS inputs will be valuable for long-term planning and will provide real time insight to the Government of India before taking a decision,” said Shailesh Nayak, secretary of earth sciences ministry. Nayak is heading a committee of experts to prepare the framework of National GIS body. It will be set up in a public-private partnership mode.

The lead in this regard is taken by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) which has been accused of being slow in highway development. “With satellite images, it would be now possible for us to verify route alignment for all new projects — correct provisioning and location of costly road stretches, information about land acquisition, identification of forest area, encroachments, etc,” said NHAI’s chief general manager Atul Kumar.

NHAI is in the process of starting a pilot project of 1,200 km covering far flung areas of north-east, north, west and Naxal-affected areas. “We had discussions on purchase of satellite imagery with National Remote Sensing Centre,” said transport minister CP Joshi.

Source: Hindustan Times