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of area-wise officers
Aaddress, telephone number fax etc, of important authorities
Details of Programs/
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Success stories of the Department
Government Orders
asked questions(FAQS)
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Organizational Structure of department

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List and addresses of area-wise officers


1. Land Use Commissioner & Director
KSREC Vikas Bhavan – P.O.
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala – 695 033.
Phone No. + 91-0471-2302231, 2307830
Fax + 91-0471-2300624.
E-mail - alphonskj@hotmail.com

2. Deputy Director

3. Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

4. Assistant Director (Agriculture)

5. Assistant Director (Agriculture)

6. Soil Survey Assistant

7. Assistant Geologist

8. Specialist(Soil Science)

9. Specialist (Soil Conservation)

Regional Office, Thrissur
1. Assistant Director
2. Soil Survey Officer

Address, telephone number fax etc, of important authorities

1. Land Use Commissioner & Director,
Vikas Bhavan P.O.,
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala -695 033.
Phone No. + 91-0471-2302231, 2307830
Fax + 91-0471-2300624
e-mail - alphonskj@hotmail.com

2. Deputy Director
3. Assistant Director (Soil Survey)
4. Assistant Director (Agriculture)
5. Assistant Director (Agriculture)
6. Soil Survey Assistant
7. Assistant Geologist
8. Specialist(Soil Science)
9. Specialist (Soil Conservation)
10. Assistant Director, Regional Office, Thrissur0487-365945
11. Soil Survey Officer, Regional Office, Thrissur0487-365945

Details of Programs/Schemes/Services



Centrally Sponsored Schemes

1. Study on the extent and causes of Land degradation in the State. The study intents to identify the different parameters that contribute to Land degradation in the State and spatially delineate the same and to identify the causes of degradation and suggest control/reclamation measures.
2. Mapping of Land Use systems of Pathanamthitta town and environs for urban planning. The objective is to map and monitor the urban sprawl, urban land use changes and urban penetration in the adjoining seven panchayats of Pathanamthitta municipality for creating data base for urban planning using remote sensing and GIS.
3. A study for the identification of the suitable band combination of IRS-P3 Satellite data for soil separability and mapping in the southern region of the State. The project aims in the possibility of using ideal band combinations of IRS IC-P3 data and imageries of concerned band combinations in separating the boundaries of various soil associations taking into advantage of the reflectance character of vegetation.
4. Effectiveness of command area irrigation in the Neyyar river basin in Thiruvananthapuram district. The project is drawn up with the objective of collecting, compiling and presenting the information pertaining to a sample irrigation command area for assessing its irrigation potential and effectiveness. The study aims to estimate the extent of area under paddy crop in Neyyar basin and to study the extent of area completed by command area irrigation project. The study can bring out suggestions and recommendations for the better utilisation of the irrigation potential for sustainable crop production.
5. Awareness/Seminars - The Kerala State Land Use Board in collaboration with the National Land Use and Conservation Board, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India observes a national resources conservation week each year. In this connection Land Use Board conducts Photography & Essay competition with the intention of awareness among people on importance of conservation development and management of natural resources like Soil, Water, Mineral etc and the consequence environmental hazards it would lead to if not properly conserved

State Sector Schemes

1. Panchayat Resource Mapping (PRM) programme. This is essentially a participatory programme which involves the mapping of assets, land use and water resources of individual survey plots by trained volunteers on cadastral scale. The generated outputs in the form of maps and database are made available to the Grama Panchayats to assist them in chalking out developmental programmes in the present concept of decentralized planning. The programme is targeted for the whole State as both in-house programme and through the involvement of trained and competent Non Governmental Organisations of the State. This was completed in Thrissur and Palakkad districts and is progressing in Ernakulam district. Administrative sanction is awaited for Kannur district. Earlier CESS has completed the programme in Kollam district.

2. Agro-Ecological Zonation Project. The objective is to assess the resource potential of the different agro-ecological zones of the State and to evolve farm models for increasing agricultural production for the whole State. This is completed in Kollam district and progressing in Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha districts.

3. State Natural Resource Management System (SNRMS) – SNRMS is a multi-disciplinary arrangement for co-ordinating, guiding and planning the natural resource management in the State. The activities of this group include preparing a status report on various kinds of data relevant for SNRMS which are now available with various departments and agencies in the State, suggest their application to relevant user department and agencies and enable them to utilize them fully, identify, new types and forms of data which are available within the country and outside relevant to NRMS and prioritize and co-ordinate their procurement and use SNRMS would also identify the training requirements and arranging training programmes. The activities proposed during this year includes publication of book on natural resources of Kerala and multi-tired training and awareness programmes/workshops/seminars for the administrators, planners and decision makers in State departments, academicians, professionals and public.

4. Database for Integrated District Development Plan for Thiruvananthapuram - The objective of the project is to evolve a comprehensive database for the integrated district development plan of the district. The spatial distribution of basic resources connected with sustainable development has been studied in this project. This was only a first approximation study on 1:50,000 scale. The application of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System (GIs) has been utilized in this study on a cost and time effective basis. The thematic layers prepared in this project includes, land use, soil, hydrogeomorphology, slope, administrative, transport network, drainage and watershed and settlement. The information on these different thematic layers can be overlaid, synthesized and analyzed utilizing the capabilities of GIs to provide the required details for regional planning.

Achievements & Success stories of the Department

1. Land use survey of Idukki district using remote sensing techniques. The project was completed in 1981 with the objective to evolve a land use Plan for the district for land use planning and natural resource management for sustainable development using panchromatic black and white and Colour Infra Red (CIR) aerial photographs on 1:15,000 scale. The study, carried out in collaboration with Space Application Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad, incidentally was the first of its kind carried out in the State using remote sensing. Integrating the generated thematic maps on land use, geomorphology, structural maps, soil conservation priority map and optimum land use map, a comprehensive Land use Plan for the district was evolved on 1:15,000 scale for use of line departments and user agencies.

2. Nation wide Land use/land cover Mapping Project. Land use/land cover mapping of the entire State was carried out by the visual interpretation (1:250,000 scale) of IRS IA satellite images. A district wise Land use/land cover map of the State with 24 categories up to level II has been generated as part of collaborative project of National Remote Sensing Agency, Hyderabad (DOS) for agro-climate zone planning by the Planning Commission of India.

3. Identification and Mapping of Waste lands using Lands at TM images of 1:50,000 scale. The waste lands of six critical districts of Kasargod, Kannur, Malappuram, Wayanad, Palakkad, and Idukki districts were mapped and classified based on the categories developed by the National Waste Land Board and has been spatially delineated village, wise by visual interpretation of TM images on 1:50,000 scale.

4. Integrated mission for Sustainable Development (IMSD). Under the study, comprehensive assessment of the status of natural resources like soil, hydrogeomorphology, surface and ground water potential, agriculture, forest. Land use/land cover, infrastructural assets and facilities, etc are done. Thematic layers on the above were generated by visual interpretation IRS satellite data of relevant dates coupled with ground truth obtained through field cheeks based on the technical guide lines supplied by NRSA. Later integration of the thematic maps are done to arrive at location specific action plan for the sustainable development of the study area. The reports and maps were prepared on 1:50,000 scale. The study has been completed for districts of Palakkad, Kasargod and watersheds of Payaswini of Kasargod district and Thrikkulam of Malappuram district in first phase and the reports and maps are published. Study in Thrissur district and watersheds of Ranni in Pathanamthitta district and Perambra in Kozhikode district has been completed and reports and maps will be published shortly.

5. A study was under taken by the Forest survey of India to map the Forest cover of the country using satellite remote sensing. The ground truth support of the project for the State was done by the Land Use Board in collaboration with the State Forest department.

6. A pilot study was conducted in Bedadka and Munnad villages of Kasargod district to map the different classes of waste lands at micro level using 1:15,000 B/W aerial photographs.

7. Satellite monitoring of Malampuzha Irrigation Command was carried out to assess the progression of irrigation across the command as well to assess the ayacut area and yield forecast during Rabi season of 1993-94 as part of the NWMP.

8. Coconut Crop Inventory of the districts of Alappuzha, Kottayam and Idukki districts were done by interpretation of Satellite images and CIR aerial photographs in collaboration with Space Application Centre, Ahmedabad

9. Mapping of the present Land Use Pattern of proposed command of the Vamanapuram Irrigation was carried out using remote sensing techniques and GIS.

10. Waste land Mapping of eight districts of the State viz. Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur, and Kozhikode was carried out by interpretation of satellite images and final output brought in digital format. The study was done in collaboration with NRSA, Hyderabad, Earlier the remaining six districts were mapped and thus the wasteland mapping of the whole State in 1:50,000 scale is completed.

11. Land Degradation (Land Slides) in Kerala. The objective of the study was to provide a general understanding of the land slide problem of the State and identify potential landslide areas. The report of the study conducted in 1996 brought out different case studies on land slides in the State, land slide occurrence in the State and categorized the land slide hazard risk zones of the State spatially at 1:250,000 scale.

12. Study of the culturable waste lands, its magnitude and extent. This was a sponsored project of Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India with the objective to make realistic assessment of the culturable wastelands of the State in terms of its type, magnitude and extent and ascertain the reasons for not cultivating the land. The report of the study presented the extent of distribution of the classes of culturable wasteland in each district giving factual data for land use planning at micro-level.

13. A Watershed Atlas of the forty four river basins of the state on 1:50,000 scale was prepared and published which would cater the needs of the line departments to have uniformity watershed delineation when chalking out watershed management and development programmes.

All the project study reports mentioned above are widely accepted by various technical organisations. Studies about the landslide prone areas and the watershed atlas of the state is a unique study, first of that kind in the Kerala context. The data is of much use to the various organisations for the preparation of perspective development plans on watershed basis. The Land Use Board has more than 40 study reports and publications to its credit.

Latest Government Orders.

1. Panchayat Resource Mapping Programme
2. Service Charges for Scanning/Printing for using Engineering Plan Printer
(Copies of the GO’s attached)

Frequently asked questions(FAQS) and the reply offered by the departments

a. Changes in land use
b. Various categories of land use
c. Distribution of wastelands
d. Application of remote sensing and GIs in natural resource management

Other information, particular to the department if any

Kerala State Remote Sensing & Environment Centre is an autonomous
body of the Kerala State Land Use Board for carrying out research studies and training programs in areas of application Remote Sensing and GIs for natural resource development. The department is having State of Art GIs and Remote Sensing facilities.
Remote Sensing

1. Hard copy and digital format of LISS III with 23.5 meter resolution of entire state in 1.50 ,000 scale.
2. Satellite imagery in 1.250,000 scale(entire State)
3. PAN data (digital) of 5.8 meter resolution of selected area in Thiruvananthapuram district.
4. Aerial Photographs and CIR in 1.15,000 scale of entire State (1990 period)
5. Aerial Photographs in 1.6,000 scale of Kasargod, Kannur, Thalassery, Vadakara, Malappuram, Manjeri, Kalpetta, Kozhikode.
6. Stereo scope and Optical Pantograph
7. ERDAS image processing software
8. ENVI image process software


1. ARC GIs 8.2 (5 licences )
2. ARC info 7.2 (2 licences)
3. AutoCAD 2002.
4. Scanner - A0 & A4 Colour Scanner
5. Digitizer - A0 & A3.
6. Plotter -
A0 size - 2
A1 size - 2
7. Engineering Plan Printer with Enlargement/Reduction facilities (25-400%)

Advisory/Consultancy service for research students, line departments, NGO’s and other external agencies in the field of natural resources management. Act as a facilitator in formulating natural resource management projects/programmes of various line departments and research organsations in the State.



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