New Delhi, October 19: In the latest development, Government think tank NITI Aayog has launched the Geospatial Energy Map of India developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in a collaboration with the NITI Aayog.
GIS is a unique effort of NITI Aayog and ISRO aimed at integrating energy data scattered across multiple organizations and presenting it in a consolidated, visually appealing graphical manner.
The GIS-based Energy Map of India will provide a holistic picture of all energy resources of the country. This will enable visualization of energy installations across India including conventional power plants, petroleum refineries, oil and gas wells, coal fields and coal blocks, and district-wise data on renewable energy power plants. It will include 27 layers of data from multiple sources.
While launching the GIS, Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog, while launching the GIS-based Energy Map of India, stated that GIS mapping of energy assets will be useful for ensuring real-time and integrated planning of the energy sector of India, given its large geographical distribution and interdependence.
"Energy markets have immense potential to bring in efficiency gains. Going forward, GIS-based mapping of energy assets will be advantageous to all concerned stakeholders and will help in accelerating the policy-making process. Fragmented data has been brought together; this will be a great research instrument," Kumar said.
The main aim of the map would be to identify and locate all primary and secondary sources of energy along with their transportation/transmission networks to provide a comprehensive view of energy production and distribution in a country. It is a unique effort aimed at integrating energy data scattered across multiple organizations and presenting it in a consolidated, visually appealing graphical manner. It leverages the latest advancements in web-GIS technology and open-source software to make it interactive and user-friendly. The Geospatial Energy Map of India will be useful in planning and making investment decisions. It will also aid in disaster management using available energy assets.
Dr. K Sivan, Chairman ISRO and Secretary Department of Space, also attended the launch event.