Geospatial Technologies have emerged as a powerful tool for development planning and Governance. It has immense potential to handle complex spatial environment by catering to the growing demands of the modern world. The use of innovative satellite services and geospatial technologies, would allow local governments to pursue their sustainable development objective, improving their governance processes and form a strong platform that facilitates all requirements of an effective Decision Support Systems
Even though the State Governments have identified IT as a major thrust area for the growth and development of the state and is using Geospatial technologies at various levels in different departments, the potential of the technology has not yet been explored in public administration & governance for planning and effective decision support owing to various reasons.
CED was recently instrumental for developing powerful geo-information based solutions and geo-knowledge based management in the Urban Governance by utilizing the GIS maps generated for 37 ULBs in the State of Telangana as part of Telangana Municipal Development Project (TMDP). The project has identified 45-55 thematic layers for each ULB depending upon the size/status of the ULB which includes Nagar Panchayats, Municipalities, Corporations and Metropolitan cities.
With an objective to share the vast knowledge acquired by CED under the above project and to identify the major challenges the state facing in the application of Geospatial Technology for Development Planning and Governance, a half Day Workshop on Geospatial Technology for Development Planning and Governance was organised at Thiruvananthapuram on 22nd May 2017.
Dr. Babu Ambat, Executive Director, CED gave an outline of the program and welcomed the guests. Dr. K P Reghunataha Menon, Director, Kerala State Remote Sensing and Environment Centre (KSREC), Shri A Nizamudeen, Land Use Commissioner, Kerala State Land Use Board and Smt. N Prasanna kumari, Chief Decentralized Planning, Planning Board, Kerala provided input on the activities of the corresponding departments and the extend they are using the Geospatial Technology.
Dr. K. Jayachandra, Team Leader, Geospatial Technology Program, CED delivered the lead presentation and is followed by a detailed discussion on how various departments can utilize the technology for improved planning and governance.