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Natural Resources Data Management System (NRDMS)

Spatial Support to Local Level Planning

What is NRDMS

Natural Resources Data Management System(NRDMS) - an S&T programme of the Government of India has been launched by the Department of Science and Technology(DST) to catalyse the evolution of methodologies and techniques for formulating development strategies. In a scenario of large diversity of data sets, data users and data generating agencies, the Programme aims at developing and demonstrating the use of spatial decision support tools for integrated planning and management of resources at the local level.


Enabling people, communities and institutions of local-self Governance with requisite databases and S & T tools for informed participation in local level planning.


Strengthen S&T inputs in developing tools and techniques for integrated resource management and for capacity building at various levels of planning and implementation in a spatio-temporal context in a multi-level framework.


The objectives of the Programme are to

  • Demonstrate and promote the use of spatial data technologies for local level planning under diverse terrain conditions
    • Provide software support for data management, modelling and operation research
    • Promote R & D in spatial data technologies
    • Technology transfer & capacity building of potential users
    • Forge linkage with users at different levels
  • Provide S & T inputs for framing policies related to spatial data technologies
  • Develop & demonstrate pilot scale geo-spatial data infrastructure and provide research support to the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI)
  • Documentation and dissemination of project outcomes


  • District GIS database development
  • Software development for management and application of geo-spatial data
  • R & D sub-programmes / projects for demonstrating utility of geo-spatial data
    • Geo-spatial data infrastructure
    • Hydrology of small watersheds including ground water modelling
    • Bio-geo database and ecological modeling of the Himalayas
    • Mitigation of landslide hazards
    • Coastal zone management
    • Information Technology for Sustainable Agriculture Production System
  • Training, dissemination and documentation

Important achievements

  • A group of 40-odd districts (including Karnataka state in entirety) covered to help develop a methodology for GIS database development; databases being used for decision support in local level planning exercises
  • Indigenous GIS software - GRAM++ package - on WINDOWS platform, and GIS and GRAM++ Tutors developed to facilitate organization of databases and training of end-users in GIS technology
  • Spatial Decision Support Systems for management of watersheds (GRAM-SWAT), energy (RIEP), and infrastructure facilities (e.g. primary schools, fair price shops) developed
  • Annual Sentinel Surveillance Information System for HIV developed and put to use by the potential users in the 'Health' sector for management and flow of related data from the sentinel sites spread across the country to a central repository for decision support
  • Databases for selected small watersheds (~500 - 1,000 Ha) located in different agro-climatic zones developed for hydrological modeling so as to estimate surface run-off and erosion
  • Map and attribute data sets ready for development of bio-geo databases for selected watersheds in different transects of Himalayas based on assessed end-user need assessment, a draft content standard for the biological databases prepared
  • Landslide hazard zone atlas prepared for 15 selected vulnerable areas in the Western & NE Himalayas, and Western Ghats, mass movement models developed and factor of safety determined for 5 selected sites, utility of soil nailing technique demonstrated in ensuring slope stability
  • Five district level and one state level geo-spatial information hubs set up in Punjab to help develop a sustainable agricultural production system; prescriptions made using the available information for restoring soil fertility, crop diversification based on soil suitability analysis, water budgeting to make up for water deficit, and optimizing energy inputs for agricultural operations; linkage established with the local organizations and farmers for implementation of the prescriptions
  • Nationwide network of organizations and experts built to provide R & D support to development, management and application of geo-spatial data and technologies

Participating institutions

Leading research and academic institutions, survey organizations, state remote sensing centres, state S & T councils, non-governmental organizations participate in the Programme.

Experts Comment on - (DST Road Map Landslide)
 Invitation for Research Proposals under NRDMS & NSDI

Revised Vision Document NRDMS


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For more Information click on NRDMS Website

For more information on NRDMS:

Dr. Bhoop Singh
Head (NRDMS)
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhawan
New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi-110016.
Telefax: 011-26519530, 26590308
Email: bhoopsingh at nic dot in

Shri PS Acharya
Scientist - G
011-26590557 psa at nic dot in
Dr D Dutta
Scientist F
On Deputation
Dr A K Singh
Scientist - D
011-26590356 ashokk dot singh at nic dot in

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