Aerial topographical maps taken of North to identify cultivable land

By Franklin R. Satyapalan

For the first time in Sri Lanka the government was able to take 1 x 20,000 scale colour aerial topographical maps of all land available for development in the Northern Province following the successful liberation of the country from terrorism, Surveyor General Mahes Fernando said on Wednesday

He said that the programme to take aerial maps of the Northern Province commenced on the advice of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to identify all arable land for development of agriculture and other activities.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) provided the funding for this project and was responsible for contracting the aircrafts from overseas to carry out the aerial mapping.

Currently, capturing of data on 1x1000-scale topographical maps are being prepared in stages with one sheet encompassing an area of 8 x 5 Kms (an area of 40 square kilometers).

The topographical maps of the Eastern Province had already been prepared using satellite images obtained with the assistance of the French Government.

The programme was funded by the French government.

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