Bhubaneswar, India: The Orissa State Government in India is considering using space-based information system, SIS-DP (Space Based Information Support for Decentralised Planning), for micro-level planning and monitoring. It was discussed at a meeting presided over by Bijay Kumar Patnaik, Chief Secretary, in Bhubaneswar, India. It is pertinent to mention here that the Orissa Remote Sensing Applications Centre (ORSAC) has already created a space-based natural resource atlas of the State. At present, the ISRO is providing new techniques for acquiring high-resolution space-based data.
The SIS-DP enables users to generate huge GIS data on land cover, settlements, soil, slope, water sources, road network, public utilities, communication network and healthcare. These data can be fruitfully used in grassroots level planning for local area development.
It was decided that the Water Resources Department will also utilise it in planning mega irrigation projects, bore-well schemes and groundwater planning and utilisation besides deciding location of barrages and linking them with large tanks.
The data will also be used in plantation programmes taking into consideration soil, water and moister features of different areas. The Chief Secretary advised ISRO to develop 10,000 scale maps of tribal areas and inaccessible terrains in the State. In the first phase, the western and southern districts will be taken up for such mapping. ISRO has also been advised to undertake mineral resource reserve pattern study in the districts of Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and Sundargarh.
During the meeting, it was also decided that a committee will be constituted under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary to monitor the space-based information support activities.