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Knowledge panel to begin GIS mapping of Indian state

Bengaluru, India: Even as the Government of India is still in its early stages of using GIS to map the country, the Karantaka Knowledge Commission (KKC) has decided to start GIS mapping of the state of Karnataka as an additional sector to study implementation of projects in the state.
Underlining the significance of the project, KKC chairman and space scientist Dr K. Kasturirangan said the model evolved by the state is much better than the one that has been planned by the central government. “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 said.
“Various studies have shown that GIS mapping helps significantly in preparing various types of maps. For example, poverty maps can be 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