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Monitoring of IWMP Watersheds through 'Bhuvan'
May 06, 2015

The Department of Space and Department of Land Resources (DoLR), Ministry of Rural Development signed a MoU on development of Web Geo Portal ‘Shrishti’ and Mobile App ‘Drishti’ for Monitoring of IWMP watersheds through Bhuvan

  • The National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), ISRO in partnership with DoLR is designing and developing the required technological interventions for the monitoring and evaluation of Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) watersheds through the Bhuvan Geo-Web portal-Srishti

  • Mobile Application-Drishti has also been developed that will integrate field level activities and their monitoring with Bhuvan portal. 

  • The Government has been implementing the erstwhile Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IMWP), now the Watershed Component of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY).

  • The activities of the programme include ridge area treatment, drainage line treatment, soil and moisture conservation, rain water harvesting, nursery raising, afforestation, horticulture, pasture development, livelihoods for asset less persons etc. 

  • A total of 8214 projects covering 39.07 million hactare have been sanctioned in 28 States upto 2014-15. 


Considering the vastness and diversity of the activities undertaken in the programme, use of space technology is very apt for monitoring and evaluation of such a programme. During the recent crisis of floods in Jammu and Kashmir, when the state was cut off from other parts of country, it is this technology that came to their help. 


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