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Knowledge Commission to take up GIS mapping

Bangalore, India: Even while the Government of India is in the early stages of utilising GIS technology for mapping the whole country, the Karantaka State’s Knowledge Commission (KKC) decided to take up GIS mapping as an additional sector to study implementation of projects in the state, announced KKC chairman and space scientist Dr K. Kasturirangan.

Kasturirangan said the KKC would move into new fields from its traditional areas of research. “Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda seems to be very keen to implement GIS mapping in the state even before the Union government can implement it. I have assured him we can evolve better model than the present one the Centre is contemplating”, he added.

“Various studies have shown that GIS mapping helps significantly in preparing various types of maps. For example, poverty maps can used as an instrument for planning and programme management and mid-course corrections during the overall process of implementing poverty alleviation programmes. “In the case of agriculture sector, GIS mapping can be used for identifying agro-ecological zonation maps. Similarly, watershed atlas, mapping of food security in rural and urban India could also be prepared using remote sensing and GIS techniques”, the scientist explained.

Source: Deccan Chronicle