Indian state to launch GIS-based disaster mapping app

Indian state to launch GIS-based disaster mapping app


India, October 7, 2014: The Uttarakhand state government has announced that it is launching a GIS-based multipurpose digital map application scheme in the Garhwal region on October 7.

Chief minister Harish Rawat said, “In the wake of last year's catastrophe in Kedarnath and other places in Garhwal division, we felt the need to introduce this system to get information about a natural disaster in advance.”

Nearly a month ago the chief minister had declared that the state will soon have system that will enable digital mapping of over 100 disaster-prone locations, escape routes and other key locations.

Dubbed as the Kedar rescue demo android application ( KRDAS), the new system will not only help in discovering disaster-prone areas, but will also issue a timely alerts in case of a natural calamity.

Uttarakhand disaster management secretary Bhaskaranand Joshi said the new system will focus on 120 disaster-prone areas right from Rudraprayag to Kedarnath on Rudraprayag-Badrinath yatra route.

Source: ToI