INDIA : Odisha Government has geared up to complete the mapping of coastal areas in the state for identification of suitable land feasible for control and management of coastal aquaculture.
As it was informed by The New Indian Express, at a recent meeting of the technical committee for Geographic Information System (GIS)-based coastal area mapping, it has been decided to go for demarcation up to village and plot level within two km from high tide lines of the 480 km-long coastline in the State.
Earlier, Odisha Space Application Centre (ORSAC) was entrusted with creation of GIS-based database on brackish water aquaculture ponds and development of brackish water aquaculture information system.
An official of Fisheries and Animal Resources Development (FARD) department said demarcation of areas like sanctuaries, eco-sensitive zones, salt pan, national park and forest land will be given priority during the mapping.
Identification and demarcation of registered and non-registered aqua farms operating within the coastal areas will also be conducted along with demarcation of feasible Government land available along the coast.
It has also been decided to identify and demarcate unauthorised constructions made on feasible Government land and the area available for future development.
“The mapping of areas will be done with the available salinity data of creek, river and estuaries obtained from the State Project Monitoring Unit (SPMU) of Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project (ICZMP) and State Pollution Control Board (SPCB),” the official said.
Meanwhile, ORSAC has collected satellite data from Hyderabad-based Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and finalised the high tide, CRZ and coastal area boundary lines.
So far, identification of patches of Government land of more than 30 acre in Balasore, Bhadrak and Puri districts feasible for brackish water aquaculture has been completed.