India: Development without its disastrous side effects in an ecologically sensitive and geologically volatile region of Uttarakhand is going to be a reality, thanks to a soon-to-be-introduced space based GIS resource information planning system.
Known as the Space based Information Support for decentralised planning, this (SIS-DP project) web-enabled database of resources will help facilitate absolutely disaster free scientific development across the Central Himalayan region (Uttarakhand) right up to the panchayat level, informed Dr MM Kimothi, Director, Uttarakhand Space Application Centre (USAC).
Maintaining that the SIS-DP project will be far more sophisticated than the existing Natural Resource Data Management System he said this (SIS-DP project) highly sophisticated space-based mechanism would be equipped with high-resolution satellite imageries of a whole gamut of resources available in the Uttarakhand Himalaya.
These satellite imageries will be of various aspects of local resources including land use/cover, drainage (rivers originating from the Uttarakhand Himalaya as well as all such water channels that have now dried up) system, surface water (lakes, barrages etc), road network up to the villages, settlements with building footprints etc.
These imageries, which will provide highly accurate micro level (1 metre to 5.6 metre) data of a place, will be taken from the high-resolution sensors of three satellites namely Cartosat—I, Cartosat—II and Liss—4, according to Kimothi.