ISRO Develops MSETCL GIS Portal
The central Regional Remote Sensing Centre (RRSC-C) / ISRO at Nagpur develops a web-based GIS Portal in collaboration with MSETCL, Mumbai towards spatial integration of information on Electrical Transmission Infrastructure. The RRSC-C was established by the Department of Space in 1986-87 to cater to a wide variety of users in central Indian states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, to tackle the resources and environmental problems of the region using space technology. The centre also works towards facilitating remote sensing data analysis by the users and establishing strong linkages for the promotion and operationalisation of remote sensing applications in the region.
Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Ltd., (MSETCL) Mumbai, with a large network of transmission lines and substations, approached RRSC-C with a request for developing a web-based Geographical Information System (GIS) Portal, which enables them to collect and organise their databases on electrical transmission infrastructure like Substations, Lines and Towers spread across the entire state of Maharashtra. This helps in making informed decisions. A collaborative effort has thus, been initiated between RRSC, Nagpur and MSETCL towards development of a user-centric geo-spatial portal - MSETCL Web GIS, which aims to provide decision support tools to the MSETCL users.
The portal is hosted on Bhuvan server and linked to the Employees portal of MSETCL. The Portal has features like selection of substation by name, voltage level, administrative boundary level etc.,. Selection of transmission lines / towers / network for a given name, source and source destination pair is also possible in this environment. Query builder and criteria based proximity tools are also made available. Mobile version of the application with summary reports and minimal functionalities makes this tool very handy.
With this Web GIS Portal, officials of MSETCL are able to visualise their data in spatial domain along with geo-spatial analysis tools to generate reports based on various selection criteria. The application is designed in a responsive pattern to ensure its usability across a range of devices (Smart phones, Tablets and PCs). For further enriching this portal, a more enhanced Patrolling Information System along with Near Real Time Data Analytics is planned for execution.
The portal was released by Shri Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Hon’ble Minister of Energy, New and Renewable Energy, Maharashtra, during September 2017 at RRSC – Central. Around 10,000 users in the state are using this portal.