India: The second part of the ‘Indo-Thai Geo Spatial Cooperation Programme’ will be launched on February 1. An agreement was signed under the programme by the two countries, which included mapping on 1:4000 scale of a town in Thailand with expertise from SOI, in the first part. The second part of the contract focuses on strengthening of Geoinformatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), Thailand, under which SoI will provide training to GISTDA officers.
Currently, mapping is underway of U Thong town in Supanburi province of Thailand. The objective of this programme is to provide knowhow to GISTDA about processes for large scale mapping. According to UN Gurjar, additional surveyor general, seven officers from GISTDA will undergo training for one month here from February 1. Gurjar said that the institute has so far trained over 30,000 Indians and 600 foreign nationals.
Recently, SOI did urban mapping of 152 towns in India under the National Urban Information Scheme, he said. The aim was to provide large scale maps of towns, which are required for the preparation of master plan and detailed plans by urban bodies.
This project will be completed by October, 2016, and will cover, among other cities, Adilabad, Dharmavaram, Madnapalle, Nalgonda and Tadipalligudam in Telangana.
SOI is also planning to develop Virtual Reference System which can act as an input for traffic management, etc., he said.