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NITI Aayog launches Geospatial Energy Map of India

Government’s think-tank NITI Aayog, in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has developed a comprehensive geographic information system (GIS) energy map of India that it hopes will aid in planning and investment decisions in the sector besides helping in disaster management.

The map attempts to identify and locate all primary and secondary sources of energy and their transportation and transmission networks, the Aayog said on Monday.

“It is a unique effort aimed at integrating energy data scattered across multiple organizations and to present it in a consolidated, visually appealing graphical manner,” the Aayog said in a statement.

The GIS map, unveiled on Monday, provides a holistic picture of all energy resources of the country which enables visualisation of energy installations such as conventional power plants, oil and gas wells, petroleum refineries, coal fields and coal blocks, district-wise data on renewable energy power plants and renewable energy resource potential through 27 thematic layers.

The Aayog is of the view 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 as fragmented data has been brought together,” NITI Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar said.


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