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BHUBANESWAR: Orissa Space Application Centre (ORSAC) is readying to propose mapping of natural resources as well as public infrastructures created across the State on 1:4000 scale which would even enable a farmer to know soil health of a particular plot.
The space-based information system will prove to be a major boon for policy-makers who have been emphasising on decentralisation of planning process.
Scientists could find out minute detail of a simple structure on ground by analysing satellite imageries obtained on 1:4000 scale.
The premier space application centre has now created inventory of natural resources and infrastructure of the State in the name of ‘Odisha Sampad' on 1:50000 scale.
Scientists have further improved it by securing imageries on 1:10000 scale on which they have started working six months ago.
Now, the proposed 1:4000 scale mapping is expected to exceed outcomes of previous exercises in terms of clarity and detail of information.
“We have conducted a pilot project on 1:4000 scale in Chintamanipur village near Choudwar in Cuttack district. The result of the mapping has been amazing. We have plot wise information of the village."
“Details such as school building and use of its campus in Chintmanipur are also available with us,” said A. K. Mohapatra, Chief Executive of ORSAC.
Mr. Mohapatra said the information to be generated from the exercise would be error-free.
Sources in ORSAC said all development activities taken up by the government could be tracked without having a ground inspection if the 1: 4000 scale mapping would be adopted.
“We will submit a proposal to the State government in this regard. All depend as to how the State government responds because it involves huge fund,” said ORSAC Chief Executive.
Sources said to map the State on 1:4000 scale, ORSAC would need at least Rs. 200 crore. Potential benefit from the proposed mapping is enormous.
The State government can prepare right list of beneficiaries in the wake of any disaster.
Besides, planning process will get better. ORSAC plans to take help of satellites such as World View or Geo Eye.
Maharashtra Government has already conducted mapping on 1:4000 scale to compensate sugarcane farmers after they were found to have submitted false report on claims.
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