India will provide satellite imaging and aerial services
for creating digital mapping of the Maldives and assist
in setting up a remote sensing unit for analysing and
updating the data.
memorandum of understanding (MoU) to this effect was signed
in Male, Maldives by S M Gavai, high commissioner of India
Maldives and Hamdun Hameed, minister of planning and national
development. The project will commence by the end of January
2004. Hamdun Hameed, said that the project would meet
a crucial need of the Maldivian Government.
National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA), Hyderabad, of the
Department of Space (DOS) will execute this project. The
project will involve creation of medium scale maps of
the entire Maldives and large scale maps of selected areas.
Along with ground reference points, these maps will be
used for generating a geographical information system
(GIS), which can be updated periodically.
will also assist in setting up the centre in Male for
maintaining the GIS and for using satellite remote sensing
data for thematic
studies of land and oceans. NRSA will provide training
to the Maldivian scientists for running the centre and
interpreting the remote sensing data.