Odisha Sampad Atlas to be Used to Identify Gaps in Rural Connectivity

Bhubaneswar: In the first phase of the use of Odisha Sampad Atlas for identification of gaps in rural connectivity with special emphasis on the districts in tribal sub-plan, the Odisha Chief Secretary B K Patnaik presiding over the meeting of the Odisha Space Application Centre (ORSAC) has directed the CEO of ORSAC A.K. Mohapatra to take up the work in the Districts of Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Phulbani and Nuapada.

The meeting also revealed that the Block level resources Atlas named as Odisha Sampad generated by ORSAC through GIS database generation is now working in web mode. Along with natural database the Atlas also contains the resources like High Schools, Urban Health Infrastructures, Post Offices, Banks, information on natural resources like secondary nutrients of soil etc. ORSAC has received National Award for this Atlas. Emphasizing on plying of Janani Surakhya Express and Ambulance to all remote areas, Chief Secretary Patnaik also mentioned that the road connectivity gaps should be identified on priority in the areas where there is high incidence of malaria, poverty, mal-nutrition and extremism activities.

The review reveals, ORSAC has completed many remote sensing projects like Geomorphology & lineament mapping , Rajiv Gandhi national Drinking water Mission, Survey of Forest Area proposed for diversion projects, vetting of forest areas proposed for diversion, Urban land information system, cadastral level geospatial database generation, natural resource census, land use change mapping, GIS on health infrastructure, orthoimage generation for 4 districts namely; Ganjam, Khurda, Cuttack and Keonjhar, river cross section study, application of remote sensing for sericulture development in Odisha, DGPS survey of mining lease areas and quality checking of digitized cadastral maps . The quality check of the cadastral maps have been completed for 51,058 villages under 344 Panchayat samities of 30 districts in Odisha. Besides, ORSAC has extended quality teaching transmission in Mathematics, English and Science through EDUSAT programme for class-IX & class-X students. So far 250 schools in remote areas of the State have been connected through the programme.

According to available data the Centre had utilized Rs.17.59 Cr. in the year 2011-12 which increased to utilization of to Rs18.73 Cr in 2012-13. For 2013-14 the Annual Budget has been set at Rs.33.12 Cr. The projects like Flood Mapping , Monitoring & Modelling in Mahanadi catchment and basin area, space base information for decentralized planning, mapping of coastal land use in CRZ areas of Odisha coast, preparation of integrated thematic maps and socio-economic survey of proposed Mahendragiri biosphere reserve, secondary data base for regional coastal process study under ICZMP, mapping through unmanned ariel vehicle, virtual reference system along with other continuing projects have been included in the work plan for 2013-14.

Chief Secretary has advised ORSAC to expand their in-house capacity and scale up the activities. The issues relating to sanction of DA and provisions of pension for ORSAC employees were also discussed in the meeting. The Development Commissioner Jugal Kishore Mohapatra, Secretary Science & Technology D.N.Gupta along with other members of the Governing Body participated in the deliberations.

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