New Delhi, India: Vilasrao Deshmukh, Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Government of India (GOI), released two innovative products of Survey of India (SOI), the first map of the country at 1:10,000 scale and Web Map Service (WMS).
The map of Jadcherla Mandal, Mahabubnagar District in Andhra Pradesh, India, has been prepared under an ambitious plan of mapping the entire country at 1:10,000 scale. The SOI prepared map of Jadcherla Mandal in association with NRSC and APSRAC and cleared by the Ministry of Defence. About the map, Deshmukh said, “This activity of producing a GIS enabled Open Series Maps at 1:10,000 scale for the entire country is to be completed during the 12th plan with an approximate outlay of INR 1,900 crores. This mammoth task of mapping of over 3 million square kilometres of area on 1:10,000 scale, including generation of GIS ready topographic data with attributes, is going to be the biggest surveying and mapping operation in the world.”
Presently, India has topographic maps at 1:250,000 and 1:50,000 scale for the whole country and at 1: 25,000 scale for about 60 percent of the country. Considering the need for higher resolution GIS Ready maps in digital form with attribute information for decision making and for other developmental programmes, SOI was entrusted with this work by the GOI.
Another product release by the minister was the launch of Web Map Service (WMS) which will make accessible map data of 1:50,000 scale to users. This service in combination with Bhuvan WMS of Department of Space fulfils the long felt need of the user community in India for accurate and authentic geospatial data through web portals. According to the Minister a proposed National Data Sharing Accessibility Policy (NDSAP) is going to usher a new era in increasing the accessibility and easier sharing of non-sensitive data amongst the various users and their availability for scientific, economic and social developmental purposes and the new web map services are aimed in this direction.