Govt plans to use drones for spatial survey across Maharashtra

In March, the state used a Survey of India (SOI) drone to survey Sonori village in Pune's Purandar taluka to test its accuracy. Now, the state government is considering a proposal to survey all gaothans (using UAVs)," S Chockalingam, Settlement Commissioner and Director of Land Records told DNA. In villages where such surveys have not been undertaken, gram panchayats maintain registers of property, but no spatial information exists. This will generate formal ownership records, ensure land use planning, create liquid assets for villagers, resolve disputes and help move towards clearer land titles. Surveying a village will require around Rs 3 lakh and drones will generate high-resolution images that can be rectified, digitised and verified through a field survey.


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