People can very soon access the land use patterns across the state by sitting at their homes and offices as Karnataka State Remote Sensing Applications Centre (KSRSAC) plans to develop web-based solutions to let the government agencies and others access the data collected by it in the last 25 years.
Director of the centre D K Prabhuraj said, “While working for various government and non-government agencies, we have mapped the land use patterns and the information related to such use across the state. This can be very useful for the government in its day-to-day activities as it provides detailed information on every major city and some rural areas of the state.”
Therefore, we have invited the secretaries of different departments to formulate plans and customised solutions for utilising the data that we have gathered early next month.”
According to Prabhuraj, the centre has completely mapped 10 major cities — Bangalore, Hubli, Dharwad, Bellary, Shimoga, Belgaum, Mysore, Tumkur, Gulbarga and Mangalore — some of the important towns in each district and every inch of Bellary and Mysore districts.
It has also classified the land used for forest, agriculture, urban, rural and industrial and has included the streetwise information in its mapping data.
The centre is planning to map every village in all districts and upload information related to them in the next phase.
Prabhuraj said, “Our mapping and data is different from that of others as the other systems do not have street-wise information
and details related to soil quality and climatic conditions in them.”
We are in the process of obtaining necessary permissions for developing web-based applications as it would help people to access the data from anywhere in the world.”