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For the first time Survey of India to deploy 300 drones for mapping country

Survey of India (SoI), the oldest scientific department of country will for the first time rely on drones to map the country. SoI which is India’s National Survey and Mapping Organization is in charge of mapping and surveying entire country. SoI is affliated to the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

Key Highlights

Objective:

  • To provide good high-resolution foundation maps. Also, High-resolution maps will facilitate digitisation of land titles in villages.
  • To map 75% of India’s geography (about 2.4 million sq km of 3.2 million sq km) within next two years.

To fulfill above objective the organisation aims to procure about 300 drones and so far about 30 have been sourced for the mega exercise.

As a precursor to undertake such drone-based mapping exercises, Survey of India has signed agreements with districts in Haryana (6), Karnataka (2) and Maharashtra (2). Every square kilometre mapped by drones will be encapsulated in 2500 pictures and thus be a store of digital data.

Benefits

Currently the best SoI maps have a resolution of 1:250000 (i.e. 1 cm on the map represents 2500 cm on ground), however, new maps under the project will have a 1:500 resolution (i.e. 1 cm on map will represent 500 cm).

Other than unprecedented detail, a consequence of mapping will be creating high resolution maps of land in villages thereby facilitating digitisation of land titles in villages.

Sorting rural issues: A major consequence of drone-based exercise will be mapping of settled habitations in villages. Based on availability of accurate maps, residents will finally be able to get property cards as well as proper legal titles to their lands.

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Pune’s iconic Jayakar Bungalow restored

The renovated Jayakar Bungalow, a classic heritage site situated inside the premises of National Film Archives of India (NFAI) in Pune, Maharashtra was inaugurated by Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting.

During the inauguration a special booklet ‘Parampara: An ode to Jayakar Bungalow’ that chronicles the history of bungalow along with the story of its restoration was also released.  A special feature of booklet is the experiences shared by some of renowned film artists including.

About Jayakar Bungalow

The historical building is classified as a Grade I Heritage structure, which was built in 1945. It has a distinct Tudor style of architecture.

It was once home to Mukundrao Ramrao Jayakar who was a barrister and first vice-chancellor of University of Pune. It was then acquired by Indian law society, before it was handed over to Archives.

The bungalow is part of glory of Pune city and film researchers will certainly benefit from the site.

The bungalow is situated inside NFAI’s Pune campus and comprises of digital film library (where researchers can access NFAI’s rich database), 3 film review rooms, and some antique articles of value. It has been renovated with an outlay of Rs.3 crore.

Month:  Categories: Governance & Politics

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