Kohima: Asserting that geographical information system (GIS) technology is emerging as a powerful tool for decentralized planning, a workshop here on friday called for utilization of vital data and maps made available by ISRO through state level remote sensing centres for decentralized planning at state, district and block levels.
The day-long workshop on space based information support for decentralised planning(SIS-DP) was organized here jointly by Nagaland GIS and Remote Sensing Centre, North East Space Application Centre (NESAC), Shillong, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun, National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad and ISRO.
Giving an overview of SIS-DP in the North-east, NESAC director S Sudhakar suggested the state government departments use ISRO maps and data which are much more uptodate and have higher resolution than Google maps.
He also allayed the fear prevailing among government officials to use ISRO maps and data, pointing out that the only certified maps are released to the public domain with accuracy and proper scrutiny.
Expressing satisfaction over extensive work done by Nagaland GIS centre, Sudhakar said the data bank with micro-level geographical information would help various departments such as forests, PWD, agriculture, health and familiy welfare, education, PHE etc in preparing both short and long term plans.
He also said that the NESAC has come up with a project called North East District Resorece Plan (NEDRP) under which each deputy commissioner was given a PC set with dedicated connectivity for developing data bank which could be utilized for preparing micro-level DPR, execution and monitoring of the same.
Although it was started as a pilot project in a few districts, it now extended to 25 districts in the region after Ministry of DoNER wanted expansion of the scheme, Sudhakar said.