Drone-assisted land mapping surveys have been completed in 2.15 lakh villages, allowing for the compilation of over 1 crore property cards by 2022, according to the government’s Economic Survey 2023, which was issued on January 31.
The Union Government’s Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas (SVAMITVA) project, which was initiated in 2020, is conducting drone surveys.
Many start-ups, like Aereo (formerly Aaraav Unmanned Systems), Garuda Aerospace, and others, have contributed to this project by producing accurate land records for rural planning and minimising property-related issues.
According to the Economic Survey, surveys have been conducted in states like as Haryana, Uttarakhand, and Goa, as well as Union Territories such as Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Puducherry, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman & Diu.
This approach has resulted in the preparation of almost 1 crore property cards for 65,000 villages. “Property cards have been generated for all inhabited villages in Haryana, followed by Uttarakhand and Puducherry,” the Economic Survey noted.
Meanwhile, the government underlined its commitment to develop the “up-and-coming drone sector”.
“Under Mission ‘Drone Shakti’, the drone start-ups and Drone-as-a-Service (DrAAS) are being promoted. Almost 90 percent of the airspace has now been opened up as a green zone for flying drones up to 400 feet. A Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for drones and drone import policy have been notified,” the government informed in the survey.