Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka updated the topographical map of the Northern Province under the project, Digital Topographic Mapping Project for Reconstruction of Northern Region. The project was implemented by the Survey Department with technical cooperation from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) since 2010 through its grant assistance.
After receiving the first batch of the newly developed topographical maps for the Jaffna district from Surveyor General of the Survey Department S M W Fernando, Sri Lanka’s Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa said, it will help in planning and designing the development plan of the Northern Province.
With JICA’s assistance, aerial photography of the entire Northern Province had been completed, and the maps are being developed for Jaffna and Mannar districts. The first batch, targeting the southern part of Jaffna, consisted of 38 sheets. The maps for Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya districts will be developed by the Survey Department utilising aerial photos, equipment and techniques transferred through the project.
Minister Rajapaksa thanked JICA and the Survey Department for completing the digital map within a short period. “Since the available maps for the Northern Province were decades old, we confronted some problems in designing and planning the development projects for resettlement, irrigation, tank renovation and highways development. Now all the details are available for planning and designing with this topographical map,” minister said.
Surveyor General Fernando, said the detailed maps will enable governmental organisations and development partners to efficiently plan and design the development strategy of infrastructure, disaster management, education and health in the Northern Province.
These maps will be available for public purchase from the Survey Department of Sri Lanka from January 2012.