Remote sensing database to upgrade planning: Omar

Excelsior Correspondent

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah addressing workshop on State Spatial Data Infrastructure project at Jammu on Tuesday.

JAMMU, Feb 26: Underlining the harmonization of collection and reflection of real-time database essentially important for effective planning and better decision making, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today highlighted the importance of Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) in a State like Jammu and Kashmir presenting mosaic of geographical diversity, remoteness of areas and hilly terrains.
“A real-time spatial database available to planners and decision making authorities would significantly help in improving governance and reaching out to people on development front according to their requirements and development needs in particular sectors”, he said and added that collection, storage and usage of data acquired through latest technological interventions and its harmonization in a holistic manner would serve as a king-pin in decision making and planning process.
Formally launching the State Spatial Data Infrastructure (SSDI) project and addressing the sensitization-cum-demonstration workshop in this regard organized by the Department of Environment and Remote Sensing here this morning, the Chief Minister said that Geographical Information Service (GIS) mapping of social sectors like health, education, road communication, forest conservation, etc is now a modern concept of basing schemes and infrastructure development programmes on the data collected through this method.
The Chief Minister said that in a State like Jammu and Kashmir SSDI initiative to address forest denudation issues, construction plans in hilly-backward and remote areas, conservation of water bodies and protection of environment, is all the more essential and cost saving as the data collected and stored could be utilized by different departments in a harmonized manner without going for collecting the necessary information independently.
“The information so available would help the Government to make decisions more effectively and based on real-time database. This system would also depict real need and relieve the decision making bodies to depend on needs perceived”, the Chief Minister said and added that SSDI would help in fine tuning the decisions of the Government. He said the information available through SSDI would be easily understandable, real-time and help upgrade the quality of governance and quality of decision making.
Minister for Forests and Environment, Mian Altaf Ahmad, Minister of State for Cooperatives, Dr. Manohar Lal and Minister of State for Science and Technology, Feroz Ahmad Khan highlighted the importance of State Spatial Data Infrastructure project for Jammu and Kashmir.
Commissioner Secretary Forests and Environment, Ajaz Iqbal and Commissioner Secretary Science and Technology, Bipul Pathak also spoke on the occasion.
The workshop will comprise two technical sessions. Dr. P. S. Roy, Dr. K. L. Rao, Geo-Spatial Chair Professor, Centre for Earth and Space Sciences, HCU, Hyderabad will chair the first session while Dr. P. S. Acharya Scientist-SF and Director NRDMS, Directorate of Science and Technology, Government of India will chair the second session. Renowned scientists and experts including Dr. S. N. Das from ISRO, Dr. Hemant Kumar from IIS Bangalore, Prof. P. K. Joshi from TERI University, New Delhi and Vinod Bothale, NRSC Hyderabad are taking part in the workshop.
The Chief Minister also released ‘State of Environment Report’ compiled by Muthara Abida Deva.

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