J&K LG Calls For A Report On Encroachment Of Water Bodies

Says Latest Census Of 2815 Water Bodies Can Be Used For Mapping Flood Risk Areas

Jammu- The Union Territory Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Wednesday stressed the need to prepare a report on the encroachment of water bodies through comparative analysis of latest and earlier data, besides advocating the use of latest census of 2815 water bodies of Jammu and Kashmir for mapping flood risk areas.

Addressing a convention of GIS professionals, government officials, entrepreneurs and young students at the Convention Centre here, the LG highlighted the significance of the emerging GIS technology to address new challenges and explore new horizon of opportunities, an official spokesperson said.

Sinha encouragement to spatial thinking, development of new Geographic Information System (GIS) tools, real-world applications are accelerating the growth in business, government and society.

“GIS technology ecosystem is offering new communication tools to different sectors and making greater impact in areas like Weather Forecast, Urban & Transport Planning, Security, Biodiversity Protection, Telecom, Agriculture, Environment, Asset Management and Navigation Services,” he added.

Speaking on the reforms introduced in the past 8 years to revolutionize the GIS technology across the country, the LG said that under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, GIS has now become the mainstay of development planning and being widely used in the planning and monitoring of development works”.

“About 1000 GIS applications every day are being used by professionals, researchers, common citizens in more than 50 sectors to address various challenges and opportunities,” he said.

Sinha also shared the efforts of the government for introducing GIS to address the efficiency of urban & industrial planning, better decision-making for new reforms in agriculture, modernization of land records, road safety, smart city projects, connecting producers & markets, preserving biodiversity and ensuring equity in the society.

“GIS is playing a crucial role in the identification of forest boundaries, GI tagging, J&K green drive, conservation of wetlands, and census of water bodies,” he said.

Observing that Geographic approach is the only way to integrate all the information available for sectoral growth, the LG stressed the need to prepare a report on the encroachment of water bodies through comparative analysis of latest and earlier data.

“The latest census of 2815 water bodies in J&K by Remote Sensing department can be used for mapping flood risk areas and sharing information with all concerned departments in an integrated manner. With the help of GIS, traffic accidents can be tackled through identification of accident locations, hotspots,” he said.

Sinha also advised all the concerned departments to collaborate to use GIS in network design, network optimization and data enhancement in remote areas.

“GIS can help in better planning of schemes and asset allocation according to the population and their needs,” he said.

“All stakeholders, GIS professionals, Research Scholars, Administrative Officers need to prepare scientific framework based on GIS for data capturing & optimum utilization of Remote Sensing, GIS technology applications for better decision making,” he added.

The LG also called for spreading awareness among the people about benefits of the GIS and its various applications in the development of society.

On the occasion, Sinha launched Jammu & Kashmir Remote Sensing Information System – JKRIS, a Spatial Data Infrastructure initiative and g-SAM (Gram Panchayat Spatial Assets Mapper) Mobile app.

He also released reports of Department of Ecology, Environment and Remote Sensing on the “Assessment of Inherent Vulnerability of Climate Change” & “Internal Monitoring of Wular Lake & its Immediate Catchment – a geospatial approach”.

He also inaugurated the second edition of the Green life Contest and felicitated the winners of the Green Life Contest-1 from Jammu Region.

A postal cover on “Chinar Tree” was also released on the occasion.

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