Tool for micro resource management
Development planning in the State is set to receive a technology boost. Local bodies across the State will soon be equipped with a powerful digital tool for micro-level resource management and planning.
The Kerala State Land Use Board has completed the pilot phase of a land resources information system (LRIS) using state-of-the-art technology. The new approach uses GIS (Geographical Information System) tools and remote- sensing imagery to create digital map of each district. The Web-based GIS project will demonstrate and promote the use of spatial data technologies for local-level planning.
At a function held here on Wednesday, T.M. Thomas Isaac, MLA, released the LRIS for three districts —Wayanad, Palakkad, and Ernakulam.
The geospatial information developed under the LRIS project includes a detailed inventory of land use, landforms, geological structures, soil and water resources, ground water potential, watershed, forest boundaries, road and rail network, wastelands and wetlands, settlement locations, and boundaries of local bodies.
Prepared with technical assistance provided by the Indian Institute of Information Technology Management, Kerala (IIITM-K), the project involves the integration of the existing panchayat-level cadastral resource maps with high-resolution satellite imagery and existing field-level thematic resource data to create a multi-layered grassroots- level digital information system.
“LRIS addresses the need for reliable, accurate, geospatial information for the conservation, sustainable development, and management of natural resources. It will also provide a common platform and a mechanism for sharing data,” says S. Edison, Joint Director, Land Use Board. “The deployment of the system will help administrators, planners, and local self-government institutions in decentralised planning through an inclusive, coordinated approach,” he adds.
Developed using Open Source tools and standards, the Web-based GIS application will facilitate concurrent access for multiple users and timely revision of data for effective decision-making and developmental planning.