Bridging the gap between the existing and the necessity: Role of geospatial technology in decentralized planning
Dr. Pritirekha Daspattanayak, Dr. Prabhu Prasad Das
Despite concerted efforts to improve database, problems regarding availability and organization of data especially in a developing country like India continue to persist. In this context, building reliable and accurate database enabling information flow is indispensable for planning and monitoring of various government schemes. The available database in India is not fully geared up to support the local level decision making processes due to major problems like inadequate accessibility to geospatial data by user agencies, non-availability of data of desired resolution and currency and lack of user friendliness in geospatial data processing. In view of the above, the study is undertaken to demonstrate the huge potential of geospatial techniques of RS, GIS and GPS in formulation of strategies and its implementation and monitoring for sustainable development. This is done by building the database for a part of Cuttack Municipal Corporation and its suburban areas. While the GPS was used for positional accuracy of various ground control points, the acquired satellite image, top sheets and other secondary maps were geo-coded and digitized for the generation of various thematic layers. These extracted thematic layers and collected attributes can be used to build topologies between different natural and cultural features which can be analysed and used by the stakeholders in their decision making endeavours.
Dr. Pritirekha Daspattanayak, Dr. Prabhu Prasad Das. Bridging the gap between the existing and the necessity: Role of geospatial technology in decentralized planning. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 3, Issue 2, 2016, Pages 09-12