Digital land records to help farmers in Uttar Pradesh

Dec 20 2008, 02:06 IST
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SummaryIn an effort to prevent land disputes among farmers and to benefit them through welfare schemes, the Uttar Pradesh government has roped in the services of Remote Sensing...

In an effort to prevent land disputes among farmers and to benefit them through welfare schemes, the Uttar Pradesh government has roped in the services of Remote Sensing Application Centre (RSAC) to prepare land maps and digitise records with the help of Geographical Information System (GIS).

“The 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.

RSAC director A N Singh said the centre would preparesatellite 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 , 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.

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.

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The project was initiated as farmers faced hardships in obtaining duplicate papers and maps of their land when the papers were destroyed

Often land disputes occur due

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