Terra Drone India has completed surveying on 4,200 sq km worth of land in Maharashta for smart water management.
Completing the work for the Water Resources Department of the Maharashtra Krishna Valley Development Corporation (MKVDC), the enterprise is striving to safeguard the availability of water in tail-end agricultural fields.
MKVDC said it wanted to make its water management methods more efficient and that was the reason for bringing Terra Drone in.
A total of 1,085 villages and farm boundaries were identified for surveying using drones, with the corporation surveying an average of 120 sq km of area per day, acquiring images with 2 cm/pixel resolution.
The Water Resources Department also needed information about the types of crops being sown and the irrigation methods adopted by the farmers.
For this, Terra Drone India deployed field surveying teams which collected supplemental information to bolster the data acquired by the drones.
Commenting on the benefits of using drones for surveying and mapping, Prateek Srivastava, CEO at Terra Drone India, said: “When we superimposed the aerial images acquired by our drones on the Maharashtra government’s old maps, it was discovered that in some areas, unirrigated land was being used for cultivation purposes, while in others, previously fertile land had been converted into human settlements.”
Polu Sreedhar, COO at Terra Drone India, added: “Traditionally, governments have used human-centric methods of surveying. These methods not only lack verification and evidence, they are also prone to manual errors. Drone surveys, meanwhile, gives organizations clear evidence in the form of aerial imagery which they can use to improve their efficiency and increase their revenue. Further, the drone imagery can be preserved to inform future decision-making also.”