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Forum concludes with vision for India’s future

Gurgaon, India: The India Geospatial Forum, held here at the Epicentre, Apparel House concluded in grand style with a panel of experts deliberating on various outcomes of the three-day conference. Addressing the gathering, Arun Goel, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, urged the planning commission to make GIS compulsory for every city development plan (CDP). He informed that the ministry was looking at geo-data on a very big level in the 12th Five Year Plan and that communication gap is the biggest challenge facing master planning in the country. He also informed that a large part of the funds in each project had been allocated for capacity development.
Commenting on Goel’s demand for GIS as the basis for reimbursement of fund for every CDP, Dr. Manoj Singh, Advisor (transport), Planning Commission, India, said that it is a good idea and the idea will be put forth in planning commission’s meeting. In his concluding notes, he said that there was a lack of good decision support systems in the planning commission and that technology can help the decision makers take more informed decisions.
In his closing remarks, Sanjay Kumar, CEO, Geospatial Media and Communications, revealed that ‘Data Sharing Policy of India’ is in final stage. About the India Geospatial Forum, he observed that it had aptly showcased how technology can act as a catalyst to solve various issues facing our nation.
Dr. Siva Kumar, CEO, NSDI, India painted a positive picture of the geospatial industry in India saying that there is conducive environment for the growth of the industry in terms of government policies and the need of the hour is to build capacity in the field. He also informed that the government was looking at developing state SDIs in the 12th Five Year Plan.
Geoff Zeiss, Industry Programme Director, Autodesk revealed certain startling figures on how the country would require a staggering amount of resources during the coming few years and that technology can help fill the existing void between demand and supply upto a great extent. Ashutosh Pandey, Managing Director, CSR India, hinted that the biggest problem facing the world today is of outdated technology and the need is to introduce technology in a way that the youngsters are able to better associate with it and thus use it for the growth of the nation.
Earlier in the day, the symposium on Integrated Coastal Zone Management saw experts discuss various issues such as the latest advances and innovative ideas in the field of hazard management, which help in the process of proper management of the country’s coastal resources. Some of the major technological developments that were discussed during the day-long symposium included airborne & LiDAR mapping, inundation modelling, high-resolution stereo satellite photogrammetry data processing and stereo data acquisition by digital aerial photography.
Organised by Geospatial Media and Communications Pvt Ltd, the India Geospatial Forum 2012 was held during February 7-9, 2012. The Forum turned out to be extremely successful with total number of 1162 delegates in attendance. In addition, land administration department from 14 Indian states and surveying organisations from 15 Indian states participated in the Forum. Source: Our Correspondent