Sunday, January 4, 2009

Digital land records to aid farmers of UP, India

LUCKNOW, India: In an effort to prevent land disputes among farmers and to benefit them through welfare schemes, the Uttar Pradesh government has roped in the services of Remote Sensing Application Centre (RSAC) to prepare land maps and digitise records with the help of GIS.

"The government has decided to digitise existing land records and maps. For this it has roped in services of RSAC, which will use Geographical Information System to take satellite images to know the situation," a senior planning department official said. RSAC Director A N Singh said the centre would prepare satellite images of a particular area with the help of GIS technique and compare it with the existing land records. These will then be uploaded in the computer with the help of overlay method to know the exact geographical situation and land use. 

The planning department official said a pilot project in this regard has been initiated by the state government and RSAC in backward Jalaun district in Bundelkhand region after which it would be implemented across the state. The project was initiated after it was observed that due to lack of records in digital form, farmers had to face a lot of hardship in obtaining duplicate papers and maps of their land when the papers were destroyed or decayed, he said. 

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