Himachal Pradesh in India is set to create a databank of its natural resources after the central government cleared a Rs.25.2 million joint centre-state project. Information about natural resources of the hill state would be computerised for dissemination to assist planners and researchers.
“The central government has cleared the NRIS (Natural Resources Information System) project for the state. The project will greatly help planners, among others,” said Sanjeev Gupta, the state’s science and technology secretary. Officials said that the Space Application Centre of the Department of Space too had cleared the project.
The first instalment of Rs.8.7 million has already been released. To start with, mapping and digitisation of natural resources in all 12 districts of the state will be done. Remote sensing data will be the main source for detecting the natural wealth. Around 10 state government departments will be involved in the project, said Gupta.