Topic of the Day – BHUVAN

Science and technology is an important part of the UPSC syllabus. Every year many questions are asked from this section in the IAS exam. Satellites, the ISRO, Indian space program and other current advancements in the field of science and technology are especially important for the UPSC exam.

BHUVAN is a multi-purpose end-user satellite application platform. It is powered by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). This software application allows the users to explore a 2D/3D representation of the surface of the Earth. The browser is specifically tailored to view India, offering the highest resolution in the region. It offers detailed imagery of Indian locations compared to other Virtual Globe Software, with spatial resolutions ranging up to 1 metre. Due to security concerns, the images available do not include any military installations in India. The content is provided in four local languages.

BHUVAN acts as a clearing house for satellite data. It is a humongous software integrating and processing ground inputs with the help of satellite data for various different needs. All the state governments are benefitted by this software application. It experiences about 60 million user hits per month and offers nearly 3.6 lakh products, 800 GB transactions and 10 million data points. The Bhuvan portal is designed to run on slow Internet connections.

  • The Department of Land Resources in partnership with National Remote Sensing Centre, ISRO has developed a web geo portal ‘Srishti’ for monitoring the Integrated Watershed Management Programme ( a component of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana). A mobile app ‘Drishti’ was also developed to integrate field level activities and its monitoring with the help of Bhuvan Portal.
  • All the assets created under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in each gram panchayat are to be geo-tagged with the help of BHUVAN. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Union Rural Development Ministry and the Department of space, ISRO in this direction.
  • “BHUVAN-GAIL” a geo-portal system for utilizing the space technology for pipeline monitoring and for addressing the pipeline safety concerns has been launched by Gas India Limited (GAIL)
  • With the objective of capturing every field-level irrigation network including dams/barrages, main and field channels, etc. and mark every irrigation structure on satellite visualisation tool Bhuvan, the Telangana Irrigation Department has signed MOU with the ISRO for setting up a Telangana Water Resources Information System (TWRIS) on the BHUVAN web portal.

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