My internship journey at CSSGS -Anish Chhetri

Hi its me Anish Chhetri here. I am pursuing my bachelor’s study at I.O.E., Pashchimanchal Campus, Pokhara. Today I am here to share my knowledge and experience on land pooling and its application in infrastructure development especially in agriculture. Center for Space Science and Geomatics Studies (CSSGS) is an active research unit within the campus that involves in space science research and geomatics studies. It has planned practical research in various fields such as land monitoring, disaster research, agriculture planning, atmospheric analysis, forestry planning and project management. In accordance with the tedious theoretical knowledge I was receiving, I also wanted to procure a hands-on practical industry experience. In order to fulfill it I found the GIS Analyst intern as best fit for it and I was fortunate to be accepted as one of the intern. During the internship period, I worked dominantly in the field of land pooling. The concept of land-pooling (also known as land readjustment) consists in acquisition of a plot of land divided into a large number of small parcels belonging to an equally large number of land owners; plan and provide all necessary infrastructure such as road, water supply, drainage, electricity and telephone, open spaces, community service area; consolidate and re-plot the parcels and give back to the owners. After the development of the land, the Land Pooling agency redistributed the land back to the landowner. Several features characterize Land pooling project. It should be borne in mind that for any scheme to be successful, it should offer sufficient benefit to the stakeholders so that they are willing to actively participate to make the project successful. In this context the land-pooling scheme offers the following benefits to the landowners. • A significant net increase in the market value of his land−Well-serviced housing plots easy to sell if needed • A government agency / local government use its governmental power and status to benefit him. • Retain part of his original land after its conversion from small land parcel to fine plots. • Irregular shape plot is converted into a nice regular geometric shape. Application of land pooling in the field of agricultural development is new approach in case of Nepal. After the successful urban planning via land pooling, government of Nepal has taken initiation of agricultural development via land pooling. In this regard, Gandaki province government has come up with the scheme/plan of uplifting the agricultural practices within the province by land pooling. This process involves authorities from local level to provincial level. After receiving the request of the landowners for land pooling of the areas through the concerned municipality and in concurrence of local offices, the province government approves the land pooling of the area and constitutes the users committee representing experts and local officials. This scheme got so much popularity that there were more requests for land pooling than expected. CSSGS had taken responsibility of some of the projects and we (me and my fellow interns) were fortunate to work in such government projects.

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