19 Dec : In an effort to prevent land disputes among farmers and to benefit them through welfare schemes, the Uttar Pradesh govt has roped in the services of RSAC to prepare land maps and digitise records with the help of Geographical Information System (GIS).
he government has decided to digitise existing land records and maps. For this it has roped in services of RSAC, which will use Geographical Information System to take satellite images to know the situation," a senior planning department official said.
The Remote Sensing Application Centre (RSAC) Director A N Singh said the centre would prepare satellite images of a particular area with the help of GIS technique and compare it with the existing land records.
These will then be uploaded in the computer with the help of overlay method to know the exact geographical situation and land use.The planning department official said a pilot project in this regard has been initiated by the state government and RSAC in backward Jalaun district in Bundelkhand region after which it would be implemented across the state.
The project was initiated after it was observed that due to lack of records in digital form, farmers had to face a lot of hardship in obtaining duplicate papers and maps of their land when the papers were destroyed or decayed, he said.Often land disputes occur due to this, and tehsil office where all records are kept could hardly help genuine claimants in getting their land rights, he added.
"The pictures from the satellite would be true images of the land location and will help in providing authentic information about the crop in the field, irrigation facilities and means of irrigation," Singh said, adding that it would also prove beneficial for studying land use change, if any.
During floods, this would help the state government in identifying flooded areas and assessing losses to farmers after which they could be provided compensation on the basis of its intensity and the ground reality, an official of the Planning Department said.
After completion of the project, GIS web-application system would be used to put the entire land records — real ones and ones taken from the satellite — on the website.
It would then be available on a click and one can obtain authentic information. It would minimise fraud and protect interest of farmers, he said.
The work on the pilot project is completed in Orai tehsil of the district (Jalaun) and is underway in Kalpi tehsil, A L Haldhar of RSAC, supervising the project said, adding that soon it would be implemented across the state.