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NSDI India likely to get INR 750 crore under 12th plan

Bangalore, India: For strengthening the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), an outlay of INR 750 crore has been planned during the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17), according to Surveyor General of India, Swarna Subba Rao. He informed that the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has taken up several initiatives to build the capacities for spatial data creation. The country needs nearly five lakh people who need to be spatially literate in the next five years to make use of these data sets coming through networking infrastructure created. Rao was speaking at the 11th annual meet of National Spatial Data Infrastructure conference in Bangalore, India.
Rao said “Since we are moving to the next level of spatial data creation, state level data centres are crucial and a portion of the plan outlay will be set aside for creating such centres. Karnataka is a leader in these technologies having established the first SDI and State Geo-portal in the country, besides having geospatial data centres in all the districts. I am sure, other states will emulate this.”
“By setting up SDIs, states and union territories can derive full advantage of the web and should create SDI to enable Survey of India move spatial data into Web information and web services from network of distributed Geo-portals,” he added.
Creating SDIs will be immensely useful in local planning initiatives across the state. “This is the most opportune time for the State governments to bring in their data sets in a standard form through the Web and other communication technologies such as cell phones and mobile devices,” explained Rao.
The SOI currently provides 1:50,000 scale topographical map. It plans to provide the entire data on the web through India Geo-portal by June 30, 2012.
According to Rao, the SOI will soon provide Web Map Services (WMS) of data derived from 1:10,000 scale topographic maps of the entire country using hybrid methodology in the largest surveying and mapping operation in the world.
“The enhanced scale will provide a good opportunity to various state governments for renovating their cadastral maps and improving their accuracy. This is a big task but we are confident of completing it in three years. We have started a pilot project in Andhra Pradesh and it would be expanded across the country progressively,” he said.
Task ForceThe Karnataka Government is planning to set up a task force for outlining a policy on geo-spatial governance to bring in transparency and accountability. M.N. Vidyashankar, Principal Secretary, IT, BT and Science and Technology, said the policy seeks to use geo-spatial data for planning and executing various development projects and utility services.
The Government had appointed two senior-most scientists and ex-employees of ISRO as the members of the task force on g-governance, he said.
Source: Business Line