Geo portal JKRIS launched in J&K to address challenges and explore new opportunities

Addressing the GIS professionals on World GIS Day, the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir Shri Manoj Sinha said, the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in the last eight years tried to revolutionise the Space industry in India. In more than 50 sectors, professionals, researchers and common citizens are using around 1,000 GIS applications to address various challenges and making possibilities for their advancement. Through the reforms in the space sector, the PM has opened it for the private sector as well, said the LG. Today, space start-ups are getting plenty of opportunities and new young entrepreneurs are emerging in the country. The Lt Governor launched Jammu & Kashmir Remote Sensing Information System JKRIS, a Spatial Data Infrastructure initiative and Gram Panchayat Spatial Assets Mapper Mobile app. After a long gap in Jammu & Kashmir, with the help of Remote Sensing and GIS, a database of nearly 2,815 water bodies has been readied and given a unique number. By comparing the census of ten years ago with the current database, we can prepare a report on the encroachment of water bodies. Along with protection of the current water bodies, we can also free up the encroached water bodies too. LG was happy to launch the geo portal JKRIS. He hoped that the GIS professionals, research scholars and administration officers by making optimum use of remote sensing, GIS technology and application can better the areas affecting our socio-economic system. LG Manoj Sinha said with better foundation, right decision and better implementation, we can head for a new beginning.

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