The Role of Geospatial Knowledge in E-Governance

The Role of Geospatial Knowledge in E-Governance

Having adopted model remote sensing and GIS technology for various development projects, India today recognizes that empowering its citizens and modernizing governance is imperative for future nation-building. With a population of more than 1.2 billion, spread over 3,290,000 km², India, is composed of more than 600,000 villages and 7000 cities which means that it features varied geography with a rapidly evolving complex social and economic character. Dealing with ways and methods to comprehend social and economic challenges, India as a democracy, aims to bring a good quality of life to all its citizens…continue reading →
India Geospatial Stack to Enable Scientific Mapping of Resources

India Geospatial Stack to Enable Scientific Mapping of Resources

From the 14% at the time of independence to almost 32% according to the 2011 Census, urban settlements in India have witnessed a rapid population growth - which is only projected for further increase by hitting 40% by 2026 and 50% by the year 2051. As rapid as this growth may be, when it comes to smaller settlements, the expansion has been rather haphazard and unplanned with non-conforming land use, burgeoning unauthorized colonies and conversion of agricultural land to urban - which has resulted in environmental degradation and poor quality of life. This…continue reading →
How Poor Data Collection Processes Affect the Common Man?

How Poor Data Collection Processes Affect the Common Man?

Crucial for government and institutions, data helps in the accurate planning, funding and evaluation of developmental activities. Factually speaking, basic development indicators are important for painting an accurate picture of a country's developmental status - this could include a country's progress towards a specific development goal or even improving the socio-economic conditions of its citizens. The need for good quality data is so pressing that solutions to social and economic problems are often inseparable from the statistics. Data collection in India has always had its challenges, issues like conducting pen and paper service…continue reading →
DeepTech for cities: How can they ride AI/ML wave to augment revenue?

DeepTech for cities: How can they ride AI/ML wave to augment revenue?

For India, the journey of embracing digital transformation via the usage of technology has been a long one. The foundation for a new wave of emerging technologies in the public sector has been laid well by flagship programs such as Digital India, Smart Cities, StartUp India, Skill India, etc. and the efforts put in by stakeholders have resulted in milestones like the creation of the world’s largest rural broadband network, largest digital identity system, largest direct benefit transfer system and of course, the citizen engagement platform MyGov. The success of the aforementioned initiatives…continue reading →
Property tax solutions–What can latest technology offer?

Property tax solutions–What can latest technology offer?

Property tax is one of the most crucial sources for collection of revenue in India. However, due to the issues that are faced while trying to access the information related to properties-be it location, encumbrance, tax details, or disputes; the full potential of the source is not realised. Traditional systems of revenue collection and management have for long been posing challenges for government and civic bodies. A gap has been generated between the revenue collection system and the growing economy. Most of the time, information pertaining to property tax is not integrated with…continue reading →
Opinion: Revenue Sustainability of Urban Local Bodies in India

Opinion: Revenue Sustainability of Urban Local Bodies in India

Most ULBs today suffer from a wide gap between the need for services that are perceived and the financial resources that are provided to them When talking about India, local bodies are at the forefront of administration and directly influence the welfare of the inhabitants by providing them with civic services and socio-economic infrastructure facilities. We are well cognizant of the fact that urbanization and economic growth are intertwined together with a city, as the impetus for growth generally comes from the urban sector. Currently, urban spaces in India accommodate about 31% of…continue reading →
Can Blockchain Technology Facilitate Better Land Governance in India?

Can Blockchain Technology Facilitate Better Land Governance in India?

Land registries across the world, are either almost entirely badly kept or are distorted/mismanaged; leading to lack of security rights becoming an endemic source of insecurity for the public. Property rights are a contentious issue in India, as land records in many parts of the country date back to colonial times. The root cause of land conflicts in the country is the archaic legislation, namely the Registration Act 1908, which allows only ‘presumptive ownership’. As a result of this two-thirds of all civil cases across the country today, deal with mainly property disputes.…continue reading →
Drone Technology for New Age Infrastructure Planning

Drone Technology for New Age Infrastructure Planning

Mapping spatial spread with a reasonable accuracy is still a challenge in areas which are not easily accessible and at times dangerous, like wetlands, mines or forests. Traditional surveying techniques like GPS or optical surveying instruments, consume a lot of time and manpower as the surveyor needs to physically reach the point for which the data has to be collected. Hi-Res cameras, storage facilities & improved computing technology have enabled drones to collect, process and interpret high-resolution imagery easily. Drones used for photogrammetry take sideways, forward and zone overlapped series of pictures, which…continue reading →
Why India needs to work on its Urban Planning?

Why India needs to work on its Urban Planning?

Of the 1.21 billion people counted in India in March 2011, 377 million are urban dwellers. The urban settlements of the country have experienced relatively rapid population growth and the percentage of India’s population living in urban areas has doubled from 14% at the time of independence to 31.8 % in 2011 (Census of India). Towns and cities are dynamic entities and are subjected to unprecedented changes in terms of requirements of infrastructure and other basic services / amenities. Most of the existing and emerging urban settlements, are characterized by haphazard and unplanned…continue reading →