GIS/Remote Sensing & Infrastructure Asset Growth in India

In 2005 India started the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, a rural work initiative to build and grow infrastructure across the country.  Besides being used in planning projects, GIS and Remote Sensing (aerial/ortho photos in this case) it is also being used as a form of project audit.  The linked article talks about other financial problems with paying workers a fair wage for their efforts, but this is a sign that the country continues to move forward with the growth of internal infrastructure and raising rural areas out of poverty.

The NREGC has a focus on:

the scheme did ensure creation of immense asset creation in the countryside in terms of soil conservation, reclamation of cultivable land, massive social forestry works, enhanced irrigation capacities, flood protection works and hundreds of thousands of water bodies while also simultaneously ensuring redistribution of resources by way generation of millions and millions of working person-days.

As long as the NREGC continues in India, one of the strongest states is the northeastern state of West Bengal, along with the northwestern state of Rajasthan, and the southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh.  So while infrastructure growth with this program is uneven across the country, progress is being made.  This will mean growing investments on the ground to help the populous out of poverty while also growing the GIS/Geomatics industry which can also move into the disaster recovery segments to include more detailed meteorological data capture to improve the country.  It will include current maintenance of current infrastructure assets but also building in future assets across the country, not just the three strongest states.


About Chuck Schoeneberger

Former forecaster at Meridian Environmental Technologies Inc (now a Interis Company), with a background in GIS and LiDAR, with other stints at GeoSpatial Services of Winona, MN and Aerometric (Now Quantum Spatial) of Sheboygan, WI. He is a weather technologist for public storm safety from a local to international level. LinkedIn Profile: His views are his own and not of his employer.
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