Spatial Planning and Analysis Research Centre (SPARC) Private Limited organized a blood donation camp at its Corporate Office located in Bhubaneswar.
Mr. Madhu Sudan Padhi, Principal Secretary to Hon’ble Governor of Odisha, Mr. Manas Panda, Director STPI and other dignitaries from IT fraternity graced the occasion and supported the voluntary drive. The drive was initiated to highlight the importance of blood donation and how it can give purpose to someone’s life.
The donors had to undergo a preliminary health scrutiny like blood pressure, weight, temperature and pulse. More than 50 voluntary donors including staffs and guests donated blood. Proper precautionary measures were undertaken, and refreshments were arranged for the donors.
The camp was organized with the support of Orissa Blood Bank, Capital Hospital.
German Development Cooperation (GIZ), has entrusted the task of development and implementation of a digital solution for capturing, analyzing and monitoring Urban Flooding and Waterlogging in Bhubaneswar to SPARC.
Real time rainfall data captured through IoT supplemented with public reporting through mobile app; analysed with respect to terrain parameters, shall provide alerts to public and city engineers for mitigation planning. The project aims to ensure sustainable urban governance and infrastructure planning.
The project has been supported by the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety within the framework of the International Climate Protection Initiative.
A one-day symposium on Geospatial Technology for Sustainable Development was organized by SPARC in association with United Nations Human Settlements Program (UNHABITAT.ORG) as the Knowledge Partner on December 19, 2018 at Hotel Four Points by Sheraton in Dehradun.
The symposium aimed at sensitizing the policy planners and decision makers on geospatial innovations and technology options to meet social and economic developmental needs, ensuring sustenance of the natural systems.
Mr. S. Ramaswamy, IAS, Chairman Board of Revenue and Mr. Dr. Ranbir Singh, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary Forest & Environment, Higher Education and Social Welfare chaired the Technical Sessions. The Symposium was attended by senior functionaries of Revenue Department, Forest & Environment Department, Urban Development and Housing, Peyjal, Jal Sansthan, Transport Department, NHAI, Watershed Management, Uttarakhand Forest Resources Management Project, Uttarakhand Eco-tourism Development Corporation, Forest Survey of India, MDDA and Survey of India.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Subhadarshi Mishra, Managing Director, SPARC highlighted use of geospatial technology for sustainable development and ecosystem management through several relevant case studies. Mr. Hitesh Vaidya, Program Manager, UN-Habitat (India) explained the sustainable development goals and targets to ensure equitable development of society, economy and environment.
Sir Ratan Tata Trust has entrusted the slum land rights assessment task to SPARC for 5 more districts (Baragarh, Bolangir, Kalahandi, Koraput and Sambalpur) in the 2nd phase. SPARC has been extending similar support to the Government of Odisha in assessment of land rights of slum dwellers in 9 districts through Sir Ratan Tata Trust.
Drone mapping technique is being deployed for accurate results about the area occupied by slum dwellers. The orthoimages generated shall be integrated with slum household information through a GIS application to generate a slum land settlement proposal.
The assignment has been initiated after the Government of Odisha passed the Odisha Land Rights to Slum Dwellers Act in October 2017. The project aims at providing legal land rights to about 60,000 landless slum households in various NACs and Municipalities in the above-mentioned districts.
Sir Ratan Tata Trust has engaged SPARC as Technical Agency to assist in the technical process for assignment of land rights to slum dwellers in 9 districts of Odisha (Balasore, Nayagarh, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Puri, Khurda, Ganjam, Dhenkanal and Boudh), out of the 14 districts to be taken up in the first phase.
For the first time, UAV technology is being deployed for such a large-scale project for highly accurate and fast results. The orthophotos generated through drone survey shall be integrated on a GIS platform for delineation of slum households and assessment of land rights.
The project has been initiated after the Government of Odisha passed the Odisha Land Rights to Slum Dwellers Act in October 2017, which aims to provide legal land rights to about 250,000 slum dwellers residing in more than 2,200 slums across 109 Municipalities and NACs in Odisha.
SPARC has been assisting JICA assisted Uttarakhand Forest Resource Management Project (UFRMP) in selection and baseline resource mapping of degraded forest areas to be taken up for eco-restoration involving Van Panchayats. It has so far assisted UFRMP in selection of about 400 treatment areas (degraded forest areas) in 13 project Forest Divisions, where field interventions are being taken up. Further 350 sites are to be identified and mapped under the current assignment.
Differential GPS, GIS and Remote Sensing techniques is being deployed for precise delineation of treatment area boundary, study of baseline vegetation, soil and topographic conditions including current regeneration potential of the areas identified for eco-restoration.
UFRMP aims at restoration of degraded forests in Uttarakhand through site specific soil and moisture conservation along with effective protection measures involving Van Panchayats.
SPARC to deploy drone technology for mapping of household occupied land in selected slums of Puri and Ganjam districts on a Pilot basis. The initiative will aid in examining output of drone-based aerial photography to correctly assess land rights of the slum dwellers under the Land Rights to Slum Dwellers Act 2017 notified by the Government of Odisha.
SPARC’s pilot project proposal for deployment of drone-mapping for quick and accurate mapping of slum-household occupied areas shall be supported by the Indian Housing Federation (IHF) and Tata Trusts. For the first time, drone technology shall be deployed to finalise the modalities of slum land survey for redevelopment of slums. The approach is expected to fasten the project and induce transparency in assessment and allotment of land.
The path-breaking legislation of Government of Odisha on ‘Land Rights to Slum Dwellers’ aims at reducing the inequalities faced by the economically weaker sections by providing them land ownership and social security. Success of the Pilot Project shall lead to objective and timely assessment of land rights of more than a million landless populations residing in urban slums across the state of Odisha.
Dr Nrusingha Charan Sahu, Hon'ble Minister of Commerce and Transport, Odisha launched the Odisha Permit Management System (OPMS) at Office of The Transport Commissioner, Cuttack on August 9, 2017.
OPMS is an end-to-end GIS based solution developed by SPARC Pvt. Ltd. in collaboration with Odisha Space Application Centre (ORSAC) for the management of Stage Carriage (Bus) Permits. The solution shall bring efficiency in permit issuance, removing time and route overlaps and shall provide route and time-related information on all existing bus permits to the public.
JICA assisted Odisha Integrated Sanitation Improvement Project (OISIP) has assigned SPARC the task of development of Web-GIS based Water Utility Consumer Management System for Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation area.
The project involves GPS based data collection of consumer locations as provided by the Public Health Rent Sub-division, development of consumer location geo-database, GIS integration with location and attributes of all water and wastewater utility assets (pipeline, sewerage line and associated installations) and web-enabling.
It shall help in efficient monitoring of billing and collection of water-supply/ sewerage fees and operation and maintenance of water and sanitation assets.
SPARC opens its GIS facility at Dehradun, Uttarakhand on 31-Jul-17. The center shall initially focus on implementation of Forestry, Urban Development, G-Governance and Disaster Management related solutions.