Highway Research Record

I.HIGHWAY PLANNING, MANAGEMENT, PERFORMANCE EVALUATION AND INSTRUMENTATION
4.INSTRUMENTATION AND MICRO-PROCESSOR APPLICATION
COMPLETED PROJECTS
Development of Geographic Information System for the Canal System of Kerala – A Pilot Study

Duration: : April 2004 to March 2005
National Transportation Planning and Research Centre, Thiruvananthapuram (R)

Scope and Objectives
The project is to develop a model GIS for the canal system of Kerala

Methodology
The stretch selected is Kottappuram – Chettuva Stretch (53 km) which is the immediate extension of NW 3 towards the North. An extensive literature survey was conducted to have an idea of similar systems adopted elsewhere. Reconnaissance and data collection was carried out. Preparation of base map by digitizing the toposheets and updating the same, cleaning and geo referencing of the maps and preparation of coverages in Arc Info are done. Attribute tables are prepared. The attributes attached to the maps include canal dimensions, hydrographic details, bed profile and strata, water quality parameters, current speed, cross structures, landing facilities, demographic characteristics, economic activities, settlement hierarchy etc.

Conclusions
The states economic well-being is inextricably linked to its Inland Waterway and coastal resources. If IWT is to be scientifically harnessed, and made a viable proposition, then all stakeholders including users, policy makers, regulators and planners need new methods and information sources, to facilitate planning and integration of the IWT to the overall States Economic Plans.

Significance/Utilisation Potential
The GIS model will be useful in integrating IWT with overall states transportation plan, effective sharing of information across agencies and to present a real picture of the IW System. The diversion of cargo to IWT would help to decongest the roads and result in savings in fuel consumption also.

Recommendations
This is only a pilot study for a 53 km stretch of waterway. Data for the entire waterway will have to be collected and put in the GIS to have a complete system.

Reports/Publications

1. Satheish B Nair & B G Sreedevi, Paper entitled: “GIS model for waterways” Proc. of the Seminar on ‘Relevance of Inland Waterways in Kerala’ held at Kochi on 28.02.2005.