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Space based Information Support for Decentralized Planning (SIS-DP) project was formulated by NRSC and is being implemented in partnership with State Remote Sensing Application Centres in the country. The SIS-DP Project outputs; Satellite image maps and thematic maps on 1:10k scale generated for the first time in the country, have great potential in meeting the current requirements and opportunities for spatial, participatory, integrated decentralized planning in the country.

Decentralized Planning in India
The 73rd and 74th Constitution Amendments 1993, for rural and urban areas are the realization of consistent and conscious effort towards decentralized planning since the process of planned development began in the country; and have provided the much needed constitutional legitimacy to local governance institutions, defined their functional domains and provided financial devolution to these institutions.
Important Features of 73rd and 74th Amendments are -
Article 243-G: Preparation of plans for economic development and social justice and their execution concerning 29 subjects listed in the 11th Schedule of the Constitution
Article 243-ZD: Constitution of a District Planning Committee at the district level and a Metropolitan Planning Committee in metropolitan areas of every State, for the preparation and consolidation of development plans
Article 243-W: Specification by law, through the State Legislatures, of the powers (including financial) and functional responsibilities to be entrusted to municipalities and wards committees
Our Constitution mandates preparation of plans for economic development and social justice by Panchayat Raj Institutions (Article 243G) and Urban Local Bodies (Article 243W). The 74 amendment also mandated the establishment of District Planning Committee (DPC) as the formal body (Article 243-ZD) for preparation of the District Development Plan by consolidating the plans prepared by the villages and towns in a district.
Consolidation and integration of rural and urban plans is one of the key tasks of the DPC and is also of great significance in the light of growing problems related to urban expansion into rural areas. The sequence followed in consolidation of rural and urban plans is:

Decentralized Planning for rural and urban areas & consolidation

DPCs play an anchoring role between Panchayats and ULBs. These provide the common platform for integrating rural and urban plans; identify planning projects of common interest, spread across both rural and urban areas, which can be jointly planned and funded. The planning process carried out in the district is largely sectoral and the DPCs play an instrumental role in integrating sectoral plans for a unified district plan.
PRI's and ULB's are constitutionally entrusted to develop plans for economic development and social justice in concurrence with 29 subjects listed in XI schedule and 18 subjects listed in XII schedule.

Subjects/Activities (29) for rural areas as per schedule XI
S.No. Subjects/Activities
1.Land and Water Development Activities (2) - Land Improvement, Implementation of Land Reforms, Land Consolidation and Soil Conservation, Minor irrigation, Water Management and Watershed
2.Productive Activities (8) - Agriculture (including Horticulture) and Extension, Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Poultry, Fisheries, Social Forestry and Farm Forestry, Minor Forest Product, Small Scale Industries Including Food Processing Industries, Khadi, Village and Cottage Industries, Fuel and Fodder
3.Civic Amenities and Infrastructure Development Activities (11) - Rural Housing (Including Indira Awas Yojana), Drinking Water , Roads, Culverts, Bridges, Ferries, Waterways and other Means of Communication, Rural Electrification Including Distribution of Electricity, Non-conventional Energy, Education including Primary and Secondary Schools, Technical Training and Vocational Education, Adult and Non-formal Education, Libraries, Health and Sanitation including Hospitals, Primary Health Centres and Dispensaries, Maintenance of Community Assets
4.Social Welfare Activities (6) - Poverty Alleviation Programmes, Cultural Activities, Family Welfare, Women and Child Development, Social Welfare, including Welfare of the Handicapped and Mentally Retarded, Welfare of the Weaker Sections and in Particular of the Scheduled Castes & the Scheduled Tribes
5.Governance Activities (2) - Markets and Fairs, Public Distribution System

Subjects/Activities (18) for urban areas as per schedule XII
S.No. Subjects/Activities
1.Urban planning, including town planning
2.Regulation of land-use and construction of buildings
3.Planning for economic and social development
4.Roads and bridges
5.Water supply for domestic, industrial and commercial purposes
6.Public health, sanitation, conservancy and solid waste management
7.Fire services
8.Urban forestry, protection of the environment and promotion of ecological aspects
9.Safeguarding the interests of weaker sections of society, including the handicapped & mentally retarded
10Slum improvement and upgradation
11Urban poverty alleviation
12.Provision of urban amenities and facilities, such as parks, gardens, playgrounds
13.Promotion of cultural, educational and aesthetic aspects
14.Burials and burial grounds cremations, cremation grounds and electric crematoriums
15.Cattle pounds prevention of cruelty to animals
16.Vital statistics, including registration of births and deaths
17.Public amenities, including street lighting, parking lots, bus stops and public conveniences
18.Regulation of slaughterhouses and tanneries

Empowering the citizens
To empower the citizens for decentralized planning and governance the needs are:
  1. Single window source of all datasets in spatial formats to PRIs and Stakeholders.
    • Demarcation of Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies boundaries
    • Aggregation of spatial and non-spatial data on Panchayat basis (instead of currently available on village basis)
    • Assessment of Data at three Levels of PRIs as per the functions and functionaries for Participatory Planning - 10K, 50K & Database generation and organization accordingly.
    • All data to be made available panchayat wise to PRIs, having a total number of 2,39,544 panchayats and the functionaries of nearly 28.29 lakhs. Looking at the large number of panchayat; the data to be made available through web enabled system as:
      • Panchayats and Urban local bodies boundaries
      • Satellite Image Maps & Thematic maps - the base for planning
      • Census & Climate datasets
      • Stakeholders data
  2. Web based interface for mapping of the available assets, planning of activities, implementation and monitoring
    • There should be an interface for planning the activities and also choice of activities in a menu driven system for selection of activities by the PRIs in different schemes of central and state government at three levels of PRIs. For this, integration of Sectors and Schemes by Department Wise/Scheme Wise/ Sector Wise and their spatial coverage is required.
    • The facility for mapping of the available assets to be provided to PRIs for database collection and use in planning.
    • An enabling environment for consolidation of rural plans at 3 levels of PRI's and integration with urban plans and their spatial organisation through web enabled system.
    • Need of an area profile to get a snapshot of all resources available, socio-economic conditions and climate data.
  3. Capacity building of PRIs and Stakeholders

There is a thrust on capacity building of PRIs and stakeholders for spatial, participatory, integrated, decentralized planning, implementation and monitoring using spatial information including of NGO'S and Facilitators.

Empowering the citizens: Data & Enabling Environment

Earth Observation and Spatial Planning


The goal of the SIS-DP project is to empower the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and the Stakeholders with Space Based Information Support for Decentralized Planning and Governance in the country.


  1. To generate and provide 'Satellite Image Maps' for the entire country as base for decentralized planning. (High resolution, true color, Ortho-rectified, merged satellite data products)

  2. To prepare thematic & base layers on 1:10000 scale using 'Satellite Image Maps', slope classes maps and cadastral maps vectorization & geo-referencing

  3. To create databank: comprising of 'Satellite Image Maps', thematic and base maps, slope class maps; and organize census data, climate data, cadastral maps, stakeholder's data and available legacy thematic & base data on GIS platform.

  4. To develop comprehensive web portal as per PRIs & stakeholders needs for decentralized planning, governance, outreach to the citizens and data dissemination.

  5. To build Capacity of PRIs & stakeholders for the use of Space Based Information in Decentralized planning and governance.

SIS-DP approach


Objectives of SIS-DP project are met through following tasks.

S.No.Project Components & Objectives Tasks
1. Project Planning tasks 1. Initial Proposal, SIS-DP: SARVONNATI formulated in February, 2009
  • Project approval in 17th PC-NNRMS on March 09, 2009
  • Chairman's Review of the project proposal on April 07, 2009
  • Approval of project proposal, Prioritized components of SIS-DP Project on September 14, 2009
2. Project Management structure was identified on August 11, 2010
3. MoUs with Partner Institutions and Formation of Project Implementation Committees (PICs)
2. Objective 1 and tasks
To generate and provide 'Satellite Image Maps' for the entire country as base for decentralized planning. (High resolution, true color, Ortho-rectified, merged satellite data products)
4. Procurement of Cartosat-1, LISS-IV and Carto DEM
5. Ortho-product generation - Cartosat-1 data
6. Ortho-product generation - LISS-IV data
7. Merging of Cartosat-1/LISS-IV (FCC)
8. Merging of Cartosat-1/LISS-IV (NCC)
9. Uploading NCC to Bhuvan portal
10. Generation of seamless DEM - Editing with Break lines
11. Compilation of DEM at 1o spatial extent
12. Procurement of Resourcesat- 2 LISS-IV data (2012)
13. Ortho-product generation - Resourcesat- 2LISS-IV data
3. Objective 2 and tasks
To prepare thematic & base layers on 1:10000 scale using 'Satellite Image Maps',slope classes maps and Cadastral maps vectorization & geo-referencing
14. Thematic Mapping - Land Cover
15. Settlements (Habitation extent)
16. Drainage and water bodies
17. Infrastructure (Road, Rail, Canals etc.)
18. Slope classes maps from DEM
19. Cadastral maps vectorization and geo-referencing (for 5 priority states)
4. Objective 3 and tasks
To create databank: comprising of 'Satellite Image Maps', thematic and base maps, slope class maps; and organize census data, climate data, cadastral maps, stakeholder's data and available legacy thematic & base data on GIS platform.
20. Establishment of Project facility - Labs/Servers etc.
21. All raw and intermediate products organization
22. Organisation of Satellite Image Maps
23. Organisation of 1:10000 scale Thematic & base maps and slope classes maps
24. Organisation of Legacy data of 1:50000 scale
25. Organisation and Integration of Census data
26. Organisation and Integration of Climate data
27. Stakeholder's data organisation and integration
28. Cadastral maps overlay on Satellite Image maps and organization. (For 5 priority states)
29. Demarcation, Organisation and Integration of Panchayats & Urban Local Bodies Boundaries.
5. Objective 4 and tasks
To develop comprehensive web portal as per PRIs & stakeholders needs for decentralized planning, governance, outreach to the citizensand data dissemination.
30. Documentation for the comprehensive web portal as per PRIs & stakeholders needs, in view of the commencement of 12th Plan and meeting the requirements as conceptualized for:
  • A. Visualization by all citizens
  • B. Enabling environment for PRIs
    1. Asset mapping (Inventory of assets, their classification, database standards - Codes and Symbols)
    2. Activity planning under Centrally sponsored & state schemes (PRI's activities - 29 subjects for rural area and 18 subjects for ULB's, classification of subjects by sectors, interfacing various schemes into sectors and scheme wise activity planning)
    3. Implementation & Monitoring (Scheme wise, Department wise and Sector wise at three tiers of decentralized planning and governance)
    4. Area profile generation
    5. Marking locations of interest (Crowd Sourcing)
  • C. Outreach to citizens and datadissemination
      The eight documents
    1. Review of Spatial, Participatory and Integrated decentralized planning
    2. SIS-DP: Facilitating Spatial, Participatory and Integrated Decentralized Planning in India
    3. Assets directory and Mapping Guidelines:
      Classification, Attributes and Standards
    4. Activity Planning & Monitoring Guidelines
    5. Area Profile Report
    6. Bhuvan - Panchayat: Requirements Document
    7. Bhuvan - Panchayat: Software Design Document
    8. Bhuvan - Panchayat: Test & Evaluation Document
31. Design and development of comprehensive multi-lingual web portal - Software Development.
  • Version - 1: Selection, Visualization, outreach and data dissemination.
  • Version - 2: Providing enabling environment for Panchayat wise asset mapping and for activity planning under different schemes and their components.
  • Version - 3: Providing enabling environment for Implementation & Monitoring : Scheme wise, Department wise and Sector wise at three levels of PRI's
6. Objective 5 and tasks
To build Capacity of PRIs & stakeholders for the use of Space Based Information in Decentralized planning and governance.
32. Develop means for State wise popularization and creating awareness for SIS-DP products, web portal and their utilization.
  • Project Brochure in local languages
  • A document and documentary film on ISRO's Contribution to Panchayat Raj
  • Media Support, internet and social networks
  • Conferences and exhibitions
  • Tie-up with lead NGOs and institutions
33. Capacity building for Spatial, Participatory and Integrated Decentralized Planning for PRIs and stakeholders; how to use space based information - the satellite image map and Bhuvan Panchayats Web portal modules/ services for Decentralized planning.
  • Development of Course Contents
  • Self- Learning module on the portal
  • In House and state centers Capacity Building
  • Tie-up with MoPR, NIRD/SIRDs to effectively reach Panchayats
  • Organising state and district level trainings / workshops sessions
34. PIs to facilitate Panchayat Raj Institutions and line departments to prepare plans, monitor and implement various schemes.
7. Project Management Tasks 35. Documentation of all technical tasks: digital photogrammetry, ortho product generation, thematic mapping, slope class generation, Cadastral Maps Overlay, Metadata generation and quality checks.
  • Document 1: Space Based Information Support for De-Centralised Planning (SIS-DP) - Sarvonnati; May 2009; NRSC, Hyderabad
  • Document 2: Prioritized Component of Proposal on Space Based Information Support for Decentralized Planning (SIS-DP); July 2009; NRSC, Hyderabad
  • Document 3: Manual on "Preparation of geo-spatial layers using High Resolution (Cartosat-1 PAN and LISS-IV MX) ortho-rectified satellite imagery", NRSC, Hyderabad, September 2011
  • Document 4: Ortho-product generation using Cartosat-1 stereo images under SIS-DP Project, Operations Manual, NRSC, December 2010
  • Document 5: Generation of ortho-image under SIS-DP Project, NRSC, January, 2012
  • Document 6: Photogrammetric Block Adjustment Quality Control Records under SIS-DP - Volume 1; NRSC, Hyderabad, January 2012
  • Document 7: Overlay of cadastral maps on High Resolution Satellite Images, NRSC, Hyderabad, August, 2012
  • Document 8: Generation of slope from Digital Elevation Model (DEM) under SIS-DP Project, NRSC, Hyderabad, February 2012
36. Capacity Building of ISRO Centres, States Centres and Partner Institutions for digital photogrammetry, ortho product generation, thematic mapping, slope class generation, Cadastral Maps Overlay, Metadata generation and quality checks.
37. Quality check of all products generated.
38. Procurement of Hardware and Software.
39. Manpower Recruitment.
40. Project Monitoring, reporting and compliance of suggestions.(PMB, EOA-MC & ISRO Council)
41. Monthly progress monitoring of tasks.
42. Budget monitoring and management.
43. Development of web based Project monitoring module.
44. Mechanism for online Feedback from PRIs.
45. Project Report Generation.


SIS-DP project has three major components as follows:

  1. Data
    • Earth Observation Images
    • Thematic Data
    • Administrative Data
    • Cadastral Maps
    • Field Data
    • Infrastructure Data
    • Climate Data
    • Socio-economic Data
    • Stakeholders data
  2. Enabling Environment
    Bhuvan -Panchayats provides eight sub modules as follows:
    • Geo-Visualization
    • Area Selection
    • Area Profile Report
    • Asset Mapping
    • Activity Planning (Scheme Wise)
    • Implementation and Monitoring of the activities (Sector, Scheme, Department Wise)
    • Share Views
    • Download Data
  3. Implementation and Monitoring
    • Web based data dissemination for PRIs, stakeholders & the Citizens
    • Enabling environment for asset mapping
    • Enabling environment for activity planning
    • Enabling environment for area profile at three levels of PRIs
  4. Capacity Buliding of PRIs and Stakeholders
    Version 1.0 of the web enabled portal was launched on September 15, 2013 in public domain.

Mapping Status

This section provides the status of prepared thematic & base layers on 1:10000 scale.

Panchayat Boundary

This section provides the status of generation of panchayat layer.

Downloaded Reports

This section provides the status of number of reports downloaded by the users on map.

Spatial Layers

This section provides the metadata of the datasets disseminated in this portal.

Non-Spatial Layers

Metadata provides information of non spatial data in SIS-DP database under Identification information, spatial information, distribution information and data quality.

Mobile Application

The mobile version of SIS-DP provides Spatial data and functionalities in portable devices like mobile phones, Tablets, Pocket PCs, Smart Phones. They are mainly used for visualization, real time data collection using GPS technology and updating the Bhuvan Panchayats database.

Team (ISRO)


The Version 1.0 of the Panchayat Layer of the Country is generated. It is subjected to revision and correction by MoPR. The Panchayat Layer displayed in this portal is the draft dataset. Adequate metadata, technical documents, methodology and accuracies, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sections are included for reference, in this portal. While, sufficient care has been taken to provide and integrate information from various sources in a reliable manner for value addition in the map visualization, NRSC / ISRO disowns responsibility for any inadvertent errors, beyond its limitations. This portal has been compiled in good faith by NRSC, but no representation is made or warranty given (either express or implied) as to the completeness or accuracy of the information it contains when comparing the datasets from some other sources.

Contact us

Dr. J. R. Sharma
Project Director SISDP & Chief General Manager (RCs)

Regional Remote Sensing Centres, NRSC
Indian Space Research Organization
Department of Space
Government of India
Tel : 040-23884222 & 4356
Fax : +91-40-23878868
E-Mail : cgm[at]nrsc[dot]gov[dot]in
  Dr. V. K. Dadhwal
Director, NRSC

National Remote Sensing Centre
Indian Space Research Organization
Department of Space
Government of India
Tel : 040-23884001
E-Mail : director[at]nrsc[dot]gov[dot]in