Survey of India to digitize large scale mapping of Haryana using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Y.S.Rana | March 12, 2019 12:11 PM

CHANDIGARH: A 250-year-old government department –Survey of India—will be digitizing large scale mapping of Haryana using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for revenue, urban and rural areas  including ground control network and delivery of geo-referenced cadastral revenue maps for state of Haryana.  The project will cover around 44,000 square kilometer covering entire state.

The Government of Haryana has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Survey of India for this purpose last week. The MoU was signed by Surveyor General of India, Lt. General Grish Kumar, VSM on behalf of Survey of India and by the Secretary Revenue, Mr Vijayendra Kumar on behalf of the Haryana Government.
                        The project will be completed within 18 months. And will cost Rs 150  crore.   A digitized, geo-referenced, accurate and up-to-date map of each land Parcel and each property in urban areas and village Lal dora (Abadi deh) will get generated. The Drone/UAV based survey not only takes lesser time but also costs lesser than the traditional manual one and there is no human interference. The department is also in conversation with the government of Uttrakhand for digitizing map of the whole state.

The project aims to replace the existing manual revenue maps with updated geo-referenced digitized cadastral maps and map of every property, which will enhance the efficiency of revenue administration and help to better plan projects for development. The project will help in unlocking the value of each property within Lal Dora. Accurate change detection, using high resolution imagery will help in identification of true urban growth development process. The unplanned settlements and areas where housing is not in compliance with current planning and building regulations will be identified to help  enforcement and effective action before the construction attains huge proportions, says an official of the department.

In the state urban areas have properties, but in rural areas the agricultural land is all divided into ‘parcels.”  Under the project every parcel boundary of Haryana will be mapped which has never been done before.   

Set up during the British colonial rule in 1767, and today under India’s ministry of science and technology, the agency has been in charge of mapping the country’s vast and diverse regions for centuries.  It has also started a Rs 300 crore project last year for the national hydrology project to map major tributaries of five rivers including the Ganga in Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.

The department is in the process of acquiring a large number of drones when the directorate general of civil aviation brought out new guidelines. After the 2005 policy, a lot of liberalisation has been done. There are certain restrictions, but it’s like following traffic lights. Precautions need to be taken to avoid any untoward incident, whether it’s related to national security or human security. Guidelines are issued keeping this in mind, and maps are given on a need-basis as security of the nation will be of paramount importance.

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