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GEOSPATIAL ENERGY MAP OF INDIA LAUNCHED BY NITI AAYOG

GEOSPATIAL ENERGY MAP OF INDIA LAUNCHED BY NITI AAYOG

Context:

On 18 October 2021, the Geospatial Energy Map of India was launched by Dr Rajiv Kumar (Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog), Dr V K Saraswat (Member, NITI Aayog), and Shri Amitabh Kant (CEO, NITI Aayog). Dr K Sivan, Chairman ISRO & Secretary Department of Space attended the launch event.

Key Highlights:

  • NITI Aayog in partnership with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has made a comprehensive Geographic Information System (GIS) Energy Map of India with the help of Energy Ministries of Government of India.
  • The map attempts to identify and locate all primary and secondary energy sources and their transportation/transmission networks to provide a complete overview of energy production and distribution in the country.
  • It is a unique endeavour aimed at consolidating the energy data scattered across multiple organizations and presenting it in an integrated, visually appealing way.
  • It uses the latest advances in web-GIS technology and open-source software to make it more engaging and easy to use.
  • India's Geospatial Energy Map will assist in planning and making investment decisions. It will also assist in disaster management using the available energy resources.

Importance of GIS Map:

  • Provides a complete overview of all the world's energy sources that allow for the identification of renewable energy sources such as conventional power stations, oil and gas wells, petrol stations, coal and coal blocks, intelligent regional data on renewable energy plants and renewable energy resources, etc.

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