New Delhi:Union Minister for Rural Development, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Panchayati Raj, Narendra Singh Tomar on Tuesday released the fifth edition of Wastelands Atlas – 2019.
The Atlas, published jointly by Department of Land Resources and National Remote Sensing Centre, provides robust geospatial information on wasteland. It is helpful in rolling back the wastelands for productive use through various land development programmes and schemes.
Wastelands Atlas-2019 also provides State and district wise distribution of different categories of wastelands area in the country and will be helpful in addressing land degradation.
The Wastelands Atlas 2019 has estimated the spatial extent of wastelands for entire country to the tune of 55.76 million hectares or 16.96 per cent of geographical area of the country i.e. 328.72 million hectares for the year 2015-16.
This is as compared to 56.60 million hectares (17.21 per cent) in the year 2008-09. During this period 1.45 million hectares of wastelands are converted into non-wastelands categories.