Safeguarding Government Land in India with SkySat Imagery

Bhubaneswar is one of the fastest-growing cities in India, witnessing land-use changes on a daily basis. The present mechanism of detection and enforcement lacks adequate transparency and accountability, leaving public land prone to encroachment.

As a developing city, encroachments pose a threat to the protection of environmentally sensitive areas which are vital to the long-term preservation of biological diversity and other natural resources. Moreover, unauthorized land use poses a challenge for planned development, leading to loss of revenue for the government.

Learn how ORSAC and Vassar Labs leveraged satellite data to spot early signals of unauthorized government land-use and encroachment.