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VYP-V: Create a Land use map of a village

What it is?

A village is the smallest entity of human settlement after a hamlet. Its population maybe up to 2000 persons and the size of household (family) can vary depending on the cultural practices. Generally, in a village, it is observed that the human settlement houses are located in form of a cluster (in some cases, it can be scattered also) and it occupies a certain part of overall village boundary. A village boundary encompasses land parcels – agricultural fields, vacant unused lands, water bodies, roads/railway lines, canal alignments, electrical transmission lines, government gochar land (grass fields) and kharaba (waste lands) or in some cases, industries. The composition of land parcels within a village boundary is known as Village land use. It needs to be in form of a map, which helps better visualisation of variation in the village.

Why it is required? How it can be useful?

A village land use map, if available, it can help in the following manner.

  • To identify the predominant activity in the village;
  • To locate potential area for planning certain activities;
  • To demote inappropriate activities through permission by an authority;
  • To interpret proposed activities and its suitability;
  • It acts as a base map for any village level development plan preparation and so on.
  • Pattern of existing development can be revealed; with information on past records, a trend of spatial extension can be known;

How to prepare a land use map of a village?

  1. Get a village map in soft copy/print version on some scale (from Village Talati / District Land Records office);Vaheval Village Map
  2. Get the map converted on a known scale so that areas of each land parcel can be worked out;
  3. Fetch the information about each of the land parcel (Block number) in a village using 7/12 form. Click the link (https://anyror.gujarat.gov.in/Info712Page.aspx) select the district, taluka, village and survey number.
  4. Check the information of plot use by verifying on Google maps or Bhuvan or best mode of verification is site visit – “Ground truthing”.Vaheval with village boundary-r30
  5. Check the type of use mentioned and use appropriate colour code for specific land use;
  6. Paste the colour in your map;land-use-planning-6-638
  7. Prepare the area information for each type of land use simultaneously while getting the land use details from 7/12 form; (spreadsheet column titles may be as: Sr. No. – Block No. – Area in Sq. Mt. – Area in Ha. – use of Land – Ownership status [private/Government])
  8. Once done both of above tasks for each and every land parcel in a village, sum up each type of land use and check for entire village area and your summed up area; make necessary corrections as required to match both areas;
  9. Now, totals from different type of land use area are available, convert it to percentage and formulate it in a table form; paste the table on the map;
  10. The land use map is ready!Vaheval Village Land use map

Do not forget to mention the date when it has been prepared so that a user may update it appropriately prior using it.

Go, prepare one for yourself, it is very interesting exercise and we, in India, have a lot of villages around, having NO LAND-USE MAP at all…!


(Above example of map preparation credit goes to my beloved students of B. E. Civil (2017 Batch) – ABHISHEK KHER (130420106001), RUSHIN PATEL (130420106042), ZANKHIL PATEL (130420106044), and HARDIK JADAV (140423106004) who enjoyed the exercise while working for Vishwakarma Yojana Phase – IV.


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Prof. Bhasker Bhatt is a Town Planner and Civil Enginee. He has been very active with design thinking based training program as an expert conducting workshops.He completed his masters in town planning with a research on Road Safety Audit. As far as academics are concerned, he has been excellent and awarded with several Gold Medals during Diploma, Degree and Post Graduate studies. He had provided his services in the field of consultancy at national as well as international level through working with multilateral organisations such as The World Bank and United Nations Development Project-India. Research areas of him include Road Safety, Urban Planning, Infrastructure Planning, Statistical Analysis Techniques, GIS and Climate Change effects in urban areas.He is actively associated with several professional organisations and serving various prestigious posts for better interaction among educational, engineering and planning fraternity. He has more than 6 years’ experience in technical consultancy and about 6 years of engineering teaching. He has guided about 23 PG Dissertations and 10+ UG projects as well as a few AMIE projects. Towards continuous upgradations of skills and technological advancements, he has attempted 50+ events consisting of workshops, training programs, seminars, conventions, and symposiums. He frequently organises events for students and faculty members that ignite active academic upgradations and industrial interaction. He has published more than 56 technical research papers in conferences and journals. Several of his research articles are awarded with Best Paper honor during conferences. Most of all his works are available online for reference along with projects and dissertation reports. He is fascinated to conduct academic and exposure trips for students through putting his network of acquaintances to best of use.Prof. Bhasker is a recipient of “Best Section Management Committee Member of ISTE Gujarat Section 2015”. Also, he was honoured by “Pedagogical Innovation Award 2015” by the GTU for his efforts and contributions in engineering education. At the GTU he was a Master Trainer for Faculty Development Programs conducted at the University wherein he trained more than 350+ teachers of diverse engineering discipline. 1500+ students have attended his sessions on Design Thinking approach that ignites the engineering insights and motivates the engineering brain to increase capabilities, drastically. Recently he has been active with Startup Weekend Surat (powered by Google Inc.) as a trainer. He has developed his own learning portal, www.new.bvbhatt.com for learners - completely free of cost to best serve the purpose of spreading knowledge.

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