India is working on creating a high-resolution map of the country using a rather agonising process. Drone mapping sounds like an amazing tech advantage for the nation but who needs it?
The work is undergoing in the states of Karnataka, Haryana and Maharashtra. Ganga basin mapping is also underway for a few months now.
- An undertaking by the Survey of India, the project has support from DST (department of science and technology) as well. Many other Indian governmental agencies are helping accelerate the process.
- This includes the Archaeological Survey of India and Forest Survey of India.
- Ashutosh Sharma, secretary of DST suggests that the map will be one with higher resolution than Google Maps.
- This is first such initiative undertaken by the government, not only since Independence; it is first in over 2 centuries.
- Back in 1767, British Surveyors were the first to have used a scientific mapping method to map the country.
- “Digital mapping has never been done. This comprehensive map will show the exact state, district and country boundaries,” Sharma says in a press meeting.
Is this High-resolution mapping a Pro or Con?
- The acceleration of tech industry makes this project undertaking a lot less expensive than it would 5 years ago.
- This mapping project will be completed by the year 2024, the year Artemis may also take to the moon.
- Once ready, the map will be available in a public domain for everybody to use and get a better idea of where they are.
- It will also highlight various details about your surroundings including nearby canals and hospitals.
- Survey of India also sets in place CORS aka Continuously Operated Reference Stations. These are going to be at every 20 km intervals all across the country once the drone mapping is complete.
- This drone mapping project is very expensive even at a large scale, costing Rs 1,000 in taxpayers money. Is this really required or even worth it? We must wait till 2024 to find out. That is if the goal is achieved by then.