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Google Earth to the rescue of Indian farmers

Google Earth has been in the news for all the wrong reasons.
However, here's something different.

Indian farmers of Pen taluka in the Raigad district of Maharashtra have used images obtained from Google Earth to claim higher compensation for their lands from the Government.

A few months ago the farmers were told to vacate as the state government was acquiring their lands for an SEZ ( Special Economic Zone ).
The state authorities claimed parts of the land was submerged in salty creek water and was infertile and only a small portion of it was fertile.
This would mean a low compensation for the farmers.

To prove the authorities wrong, Mr Arun Shivkar, an activist of the SEZ Hatao Virodh Samiti used Google Earth to generate images of the crop lands.
The images clearly showed fertile crop areas, thus vindicating the claims of farmers for more compensation.

Smart use of technology, isn't it ?

Source: CNBC TV18.
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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, October 10, 2006


3 Comments:

Comment by Anonymous Anonymous on November 10, 2006 at 11:24 PM  
Indeed!
That is great! Let's hope this is only a mere glimpse of to what is coming.
Sounds cool! I wish, Google would update their map material for Bali, where I live.

They say, it says 05/2006, but is probably more than 5 years old.

Hmmmmm, strange...