National Geospatial Policy – 2022
Government of India notified the National Geospatial Policy 2022 in December last year as a replacement for the National Map Policy, 2005. The objective of the 2022 policy is to strengthen the location-centric industry to assist with the information economy. The policy provides a framework for the development of a geospatial ecosystem that will facilitate the growth of the industry.
Geo-referencing all land areas by March 2024
One of the most significant aspects of the National Geospatial Policy 2022 is the government’s aim to geo-reference all the land areas by March 2024. This is a massive undertaking, as only 36% of the land has been geo-referenced so far. India is only the third country to undertake the geo-referencing of land parcels, following the United States and the United Kingdom.
The Importance of Geo-referencing
Geo-referencing involves identifying the exact location of a land parcel, building, or other infrastructure on the earth’s surface. This information is crucial for a wide range of applications, including urban planning, disaster management, precision agriculture, and natural resource management.
The National Geospatial Policy 2022 recognizes the importance of geo-referencing and aims to accelerate the process by leveraging technology and creating a comprehensive geospatial database. The database will include information on land use, ownership, and other relevant details. The government hopes that this will improve the efficiency and transparency of land management and facilitate the development of the real estate sector.
Conference on Geospatial Policy for National Development
To ensure that the National Geospatial Policy 2022 is effectively implemented and harnessed for the development of India, a two-day conference on “Geospatial Policy for National Development” was organized on February 21st and 22nd this year. The conference brought together experts on a single platform to provide suggestions on ways to effectively implement the policy.
The conference focused on various aspects of the policy, including the use of geospatial technology in disaster management, urban planning, and environmental management. The experts also discussed ways to improve the quality of geospatial data and make it more accessible to the public.
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