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Isro's 'Bhuvan' to help govt map urban areas for smart city project

13 August 2015

The Indian Space Research Organisation Indian (Isro) has expanded and diversified its 'Bhuvan' (geospatial platform) application service to help the urban development ministry map over 500 towns and cities, remodelling it as a key tool to implement the government's smart city programmes.

The move will help town planners to prepare master plans for many fast growing urban local bodies, keeping in view projected population growth, topography and available natural resources in the surrounding areas.

Bhuvan will prepare one metre satellite images for more than 500 cities in the country. These maps will be hosted on Isro's geoportal website Bhuvan. In the process Bhuvan will scan 4,041 towns and cities across the country

To be developed by the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), the maps will use satellite images to show features such as land use, water bodies, geomorphology, urban sprawl, wastelands and floods hazards.

These new application services include:

  • One metre satellite images for more than 300 cities in the country;
  • A variety of applications for forest and environment sector of MOEFCC depiction of ENVIS centre database ''CRIS'' to highlight various environmental parameters;
  • Toll information system for NHAI a national database of national highways and toll plazas;
  • Geotagging and controlled crowd sourcing application for AP Housing Corporation Ltd, which has enabled geotagging of 3.8 million houses in AP with field photos;
  • Islands information system for developmental decision making for border management, MHA;
  • Live link of the GIS databases of North East Region (NER) that showcases tools for better planning and development of NE States;
  • A new tool on Bhuvan, enabling Data Discovery and Metadata display for the ease of navigation by the user community;
  • Cultural heritage sites of the country and its management on geospatial platform National database for Ministry of Culture & Archaeological Survey of India among others.

Singh also release one application on 3D city models / views with extrusions of the buildings and virtual city models. This would be a useful tool for Smart City programme of the government.

Other applications include horticulture area mapping and assessment for mango, banana and citrus fruits; Bhujal database and visualisation (country wide ground water maps, with state-wise access to the online services for drinking water and recharge structures); geospatial tools for the schools (GIS for class 9 and 10, including neighbourhood mapping tools for school children); GAIL pipeline surveillance and monitoring system - pilot scale implementation for 640 km stretch in Gujarat.

E-governance model for image and geospatial based techniques, mobile smart phone applications for varieties of crowd sourcing applications.

Particular focus is on 'Clean Ganga' mission of MOWR - the tool 'Bhuvan Ganga' now available on public domain for people to participate in providing vital information for Clean Ganga project.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh said the ''Bhuvan is Google for India''. He also said it is in line with the 'Make in India' vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The mapping is being currently done for municipal local bodies with a population of more than a lakh. Isro will also map and provide management plans for heritage sites and monuments of national importance.

"We have tied up with the ministry of urban development to map over 4,041 areas which include around 500 urban local bodies. After mapping these cities and towns, we can prepare a base plan. This can help urban planners prepare a better master plan," said VK Dadhwal, director of Isro's National Remote Sensing Centre.

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