Bagalkot is now the centre of KSRSAC to six neighboring districts
After Mysuru and Kalaburagi, Bagalkot became the third district in the State to have a regional centre of the Karnataka State Remote Sensing Application Centre (KSRSAC) for the precise recording of data of land-related activities.
The centre, which was inaugurated on Wednesday by Minister for IT/BT S.R. Patil, would cover six districts: Belagavi, Vijayapura, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri and Bagalkot.
The headquarter of the centre was established in Bengaluru in 1986 to provide precise data on natural resources of the State to help the government manage it properly.
The centre helps the government in implementing geomatic programmes in the State. Geomatic is a method of collecting, storing, processing and delivering geographic information to integrate and manage geographic data.
The State had two region centres earlier and now with one more, the collection of data would help the government in proper management of the records using the remote sensing satellite.
“The centre would help us in collecting the entire geographic data of these six districts. After the centre commences its activities, we can have better equipped data on land and other natural resources of these six districts,” said Mr. Patil after inaugurating the centre.
He said that besides providing data, the centre would also hold training and awareness programmes for planners, administrators and other non-governmental organisations on the collection of geographical data.
Mr. Patil believed that the information would help the government make plans for the sustainable development of the State through optimum utilisation of natural resources. D.K. Prabhuraj, the director of the centre, said that the centre would provide data, including information on land records, mapping, availability of water bodies, soil, crop acreage etc, using satellites to various government departments.
He said that the data is collected using global positioning systems and differential global positioning systems by using the remote sensing satellites already placed in different orbits by Indian Space Research Organisation.
“The centre is certainly a milestone for Bagalkot district,” Mr. Patil said.
Source: The Hindu