SPARC attended the Esri User Conference from July 10-14, 2017 in San Diego, California. This year’s theme ‘The Science of Where’ was a blockbuster for organisations in Governance sector. The conference attracted around 18,000 visitors from various countries. The Startup Zone, under the Esri Startup Program, included pathbreaking ideas of young entrepreneurs. Another major attraction was ArcGIS projects exhibited by teenagers, under the scholarship program. The five- day event witnessed learning sessions and international technical workshops by renowned personalities. The Sustainable World Zone in the expo highlighted exemplary commitment of the GIS community to make the world a better place to live.
Odisha Coal and Power Limited (OCPL) has selected SPARC to assist them in implementation of Web-GIS based Land Acquisition Monitoring System for Manoharpur coal blocks located in Hemgir Tahsil in Sundergarh district, Odisha.
The System shall integrate all data, maps and records relevant to the mine lease land, and assist the organization in efficient tracking and monitoring of land acquisition, compensations and rehabilitation-resettlement related issues.
The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has assigned SPARC the task of Preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) on Preservation of Water Bodies in BMC area. The project is being funded under Odisha Urban Infrastructure Development Fund (OUIDF).
SPARC has been assigned the task of implementation of a Web-GIS application including its operationalization in all Project Divisions under the JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) assisted Uttarakhand Forest Resource Management Project (UFRMP).
UFRMP targets to restore about 750 degraded forests spread across 13 forest divisions in the Himalayan State of Uttarakhand through community participation and improve livelihood of forest dependent communities (Van Panchayats).
The Web-GIS application shall have real-time tracking of project interventions through location-based mobile data collector utilities to be made operational at each Project Forest Division and shall serve as an effective monitoring system to enable effective eco-restoration and forest governance.
A training workshop on the features, functions and operation of Web GIS based State Wildlife Information Portal (www.wildlife.odisha.gov.in) was organised by SPARC in association with Odisha Wildlife Organisation.
The workshop was presided by Mr. Siddhant Das, IFS, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden, Odisha. Divisional Forest Officers of all Wildlife Units of the State participated in the workshop. The Portal was launched by Shri. Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha on the World Forestry Day (March 21, 2017).
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, Sri Naveen Patnaik launched the GIS based State Wildlife Information Portal on the World Forestry Day (March 21, 2017). The website (www.wildlife.odisha.gov.in) contains comprehensive location-based information on all Wildlife Units and Protected Areas of the state. It offers unique visualisation and map-based analysis support to wildlife managers for effective planning and efficient decision-making. It deciphers elaborate information on the current wildlife census in the state. Besides, it contains elaborate information on wildlife units along with its maps.
The system has also been integrated with global forest fire incident reports generated by NASA- MODIS server and sends automatic SMS alerts to concerned wildlife managers for the quick response and immediate
action. Wildlife incident reporting is also facilitated through authorised user access to enable wildlife managers to take immediate action. The portal shares wildlife related information through blog posts by wildlife managers. The portal connects with the public through its social media platforms.
SPARC has been assigned the task of GPS Survey and GIS mapping of electric poles by Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited (OPTCL) for laying Aerial Optical Fiber Cables (OFC) in Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Kalahandi, Bolangir, Nuapada and Subarnapur districts of Odisha under WESCO (Western Electricity Supply Company of Orissa).
BharatNet project envisages to connect about 2,50,000 Gram Panchayats in India through high speed data communication.
SPARC to assist Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) for development of geo-database, environmental mapping and Web-GIS based application for Critically Polluted Areas (having Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index value more than 70).
Three industrial clusters in Odisha namely Angul-Talcher, Ib-valley and Jharsuguda have been selected under this project for analysis of various environmental parameters and effective implementation of various pollution abatement plans.
The project involves DGPS survey of target locations (industry/mine locations, monitoring stations, effluent discharge points, surface water locations, action plan areas etc.) and GIS mapping of carriers and receptors. The system shall help in map-based visualization of environmental pollution sources and generation of periodic reports to plan mitigation action.
SPARC has been assigned baseline vegetation mapping of treatment areas (degraded forest areas) to be restored through Van Panchayats under the Uttarakhand Forest Resource Management Project (UFRMP).
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) assisted UFRMP aims at eco-restoration of degraded forests in the state through site specific soil and moisture conservation along with effective protection measures through Van Panchayats (VPs).
Out of 5000 VPs in the selected forest ranges of 13 forest divisions, it has been proposed to cover 164 VPs under Batch-I based on the extent of degradation, potential for cluster formation, demography and past performance of VPs.
The project involves identification and delineation of the treatment areas, DGPS based demarcation and survey, vegetation mapping of the treatment area using Cartosat and Resourcesat satellite images, collection of site information on existing vegetation type, soil conditions, regeneration status and disaster vulnerability.
GIS technology is being adopted to address the forest degradation and deforestation issue, which has a severe impact on climate and ecosystem.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden, Odisha has selected SPARC for development and implementation of a Web-GIS based State Wildlife Information Portal.
The proposed portal shall entail geospatial information on protected areas (wildlife sanctuaries and national parks), eco-sensitive zones, wildlife corridors, administrative jurisdictions, forest and wildlife management infrastructure etc. for all protected areas and wildlife units of Odisha. It shall also facilitate map-based information on wildlife related incidents; and enhance communication between wildlife wardens and wildlife division officials.
Use of geospatial technology would enable efficient management of infrastructure and resources across 14 wildlife units and 19 protected areas in Odisha.