GIS mapping of the national road network to be completed by July 31; Will allow better planning and monitoring of the road network

The extensive National Roads (NH) network is about to undergo a technological makeover, with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) accelerating the process of fully mapping roads with a Geographic Information System (GIS)

The extensive National Roads (NH) network is about to undergo a technological makeover, with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) accelerating the process of fully mapping roads with a Geographic Information System (GIS) d here on July 31, 2022.

The ministry has requested all state and central agencies engaged in road development and maintenance to coordinate with their regional offices so that field surveys can be conducted to update and verify the details of the mapping carried out. so far.

They were told to use the mapping data, already collected by the National Institute of Space Applications in Bhaskaracharya, for a ground-truthing exercise.

Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications and Geoinformatics (BISAG-N), Gandhinagar, Gujarat has carried out GIS mapping of about 130,000 km of NH in the country. But these data must now be updated and verified by the field units of the various agencies of the ministry.

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), the main highway enforcement agency, has almost completed verifying the details of the NHs assigned to them with the cooperation of their field units.

The field units of the ministry and other implementing agencies such as the State Public Works Department (PWD), Road Construction Department (RCD), Border Roads Organization (BRO) and the National Roads and Infrastructure Development (NHIDCL) are also required to engage with BISAG. -N for verifying and updating GIS mapping of all NHs under their jurisdiction, the statement said.

GIS mapping

A GIS is a system that creates, manages, analyzes and maps all types of data. GIS connects data to a map, integrating location data (where things are) with all types of descriptive information (what things look like there). This technology integrates common database operations such as queries and statistical analysis with the unique visualization and geographic analysis benefits offered by maps.

GIS maps contain a highly detailed visual representation of any infrastructure facility, including location, topography, facilities and structures, and images. As these maps are easily accessible even via mobile and shared phones, it facilitates the process of building roads and finalizing highway networks.

Officials said GIS mapping of the entire NH network is one of the most important requirements for network planning, execution and monitoring, but the task has not been completed so far. and, therefore, a target of July 31 was set.

The ministry has further decided to upload the entire NH network into a single unified platform regardless of the implementing agency, be it NHAI, NHIDCL, BRO or state governments, in order to avoid duplication.