National Atlas

The first and premier publication of NATMO ( earstwhile National Atlas Organisation) The 'Bharat: Rashtriya Atlas' was taken up under the 'National Atlas Project', in 1956 with the approval of the then Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. It was successfully delivered under the able leadership of Prof. S. P. Chatterjee. The 'Bharat: Rashtriya Atlas' was first published in the year 1957. It had 26 multi-coloured maps with scale 1:5 million and portrayed a comprehensive physical and socio-cultural structure of the country. It was a unique publication of that time and was appreciated the world over.

The English Version of the same, the 'National Atlas of India' was published in 1986. India needed detailed depiction in elaborate maps, just like its counterparts. The country's geology, geography, geomorphology, soil, climate, demography, culture, etc. in detailed maps was a need of the hour.

The maps have been appreciated in various quarters. NATMO continues to print them over the years, catering to the needs of users. Administrative changes are regularly updated and revised in the thematic maps.

NATMO is going to publish Commemorative Volume of National Atlas of India on the eve of 75 years of Indian Independence.

National Atlas - Commemorative Volume

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the independence of India NATMO Commemorative Volume is the respectful dedication to the nation that portrays since its independence to the digital India by focussing on the themes of administrative, climate, land utilisation pattern, agriculture, industry, demography, tourism, tribal development and pollution of our country through emphasizes on the changing scenario of the referred segments and also highlights developmental facets of different Welfare Schemes. Varied maps, different cartographic representations and supporting narrations with an objective to offer the same for the service to the nation have been evolved and designed thoroughly.

Golden Map Service

The 'Golden Map Service' was the flagship project launched in 2007 on the occasion of NATMO's golden jubilee. Under the Golden Map Service project, the entire country is mapped with full detail from metropolises down to the village levels. Micro-level spatial data analysis and integrated geospatial technologies are consolidated to prepare the maps, which provide different inputs that are used by administrators, planners and common people as well. These maps help prepare the groundwork for various social, economic and administrative operations related to elections, crime, rural marketing, relief and supply etc. Academicians and researchers also benefit from the project.

District Planning Map Series

NATMO was assigned with the District Planning Map Series project in the year 1992 by the DST, as per the decision of the DCUSPC. After formulating detailed specifications, the project was initiated in 2002. Initially, the project was with the Survey of India, but later NATMO was assigned the full responsibility to execute the project.

The maps prepared under this project are available in printed formats in Hindi and English. The maps provide elaborated geographical, geological, geomorphological, demographic, cultural information and features related to a specific district, and information about the administrative boundary, blocks etc. They serve as ready -reckoners for planners, researcher, analysts and students. As of date, around 280 districts have been covered under this project. The district maps are available in English and few are in Hindi as well.

Braille Atlas

The Braille Atlas is a pioneering project indigenously developed by NATMO in the domain of cartography. Under this project, using Braille technology, NATMO prepares maps and atlases for people with visual impairment. For those with low vision, maps and atlases are developed and published using suitable techniques. Published in English, this atlas is now available in Hindi and Bengali too. It will soon be available in other Indian languages too. The Braille Atlas is well-appreciated by visually challenged students and teachers from across the country.

Women Empowerment Atlas - Science and Technology Perspective

The Women Empowerment Atlas is a unique theme undertaken and developed by NATMO. The project was awarded to NATMO by the Science for Equity Empower Development (SEED) Division, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

This atlas aims to deliver information on the contribution of Indian women in the overall development and progress of the nation in various sectors. This atlas will also help to chart out future programmes involving upliftments in the lives of Indian women. This atlas will help to visualise the present status of women empowered by science and technology. This atlas will help decision makers and planners to identify gender gaps and locate areas of opportunities.

Irrigation Atlas

Irrigation, the unique technological innovation of human civilisation is in practice in India since time immemorial. Keeping pace with the changing times, irrigation techniques and implementations have changed. Comprehensive knowledge of the irrigation infrastructure can help in taking major administrative and developmental decisions. NATMO has completed this Irrigation Atlas of India in support of Central Water Commission, Ministry of Jalshakti. The base information is provided by Central Water Commission. These include large and medium irrigation projects, dams, barrages, weirs, anicuts, command areas and canal networks along with multipurpose and interstate projects, spread through the twenty-three river basins across India. This atlas will be a prime source of information providing solutions for the existing gap areas. It will also indicate associated opportunities and obstacles related to micro-level irrigational projects.

Tribal Atlas of India

With the mandate of  policy framing,  planning, coordination and decision making for overall development and strategic programmes for Scheduled Tribe population of India, NATMO under Department of Science & Technology has took the challenge of achieving the motto for the overall development of the specified population and to enlightened them and converge them with the main stream of the nation.  

With appropriate and necessary formulation of  sector wise programmes and schemes of development of the tribal communities for policy making for implementation and evaluation from National  through Regional  to local level, NATMO with its utmost effort, engaged in its service for the societal benefit as a part of the nation building in the 21st century and onwards through Digital India vision and mission by formulating all appropriate and relevant maps and Atlases through versatile research and intensive field work and related workshop to represent it in a positive shape.

National School Atlas

The National School Atlas is a continuation of the Students Reference Atlas- a small and handy Atlas especially made for school  children after consultation with different school curriculum, teachers and the entire student community at affordable price.

Because of the substantial demands, a serious of  publications have been made with 5 editions till date. NATMO, the premier map making organisation of the country have tirelessly worked to publish all the editions and maintained the leadership quality in Atlas cartography not only in India but in global arena too through its experience expertise technical knowhow and dedication.

Shaktipith Monograph

This organisation is gearing up for releasing the publication of Monograph on 'Shaktipiths in India'. In fact the idea of erection of sacred or holy places is the most prominent dimension of religious expression. Every religion of the world has its divine focal places to convey their faith and devotion. India is a land of ancient civilization and it's rich history and legends created an unique religious-cultural environment.
The evolutionary process of Shaktipiths in India and it's subcontinent is closely associated with mythological background. This monograph has an objective to provide a detailed overview of historical - geography of the divine destinations of fifty-one shaktipiths in India. Thus it is adorned with large scale maps of each Shaktipith along with exhaustive historical and geographical ins and outs. A good amount of literature has been consulted. The organisation aspires to attract both pilgrim tourists as well as people inquisitive of this field.

NDRF Project

National Atlas & Thematic Mapping Organization (NATMO) ensures and extends its platform through preparation of appropriate maps for the societal benefits during natural and manmade calamity and need with an aim to provide an elaborate and informative guide and with a principle to contribute and become an integral part of the National Disaster Risk Management (NDRM) Programme and its service provider the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

The specified maps prepared by NATMO will show the path to NDRF as well as SDRF to take necessary action and to prevent the loss during disaster at any corner, if not possible, reduce the damage or least mitigate negative effect of damages.  The maps will be the starting point to ascertain course of actions which will give surety of optimum and well-organized utilization of all available reserves of resources in and around the Disaster sites with minimal loss of life and/or resources-both natural and manmade. The maps will act to visualize as a ready reckoned to Corporation, Municipality, Gram Panchyat as well as to provide support to the local communities in dealing with disasters and to speed up the recovery route.

With an objective to formulate different sector / district wise maps to facilitate the service provider like NDRF & SDRF to combat / mitigate the unpredicted damages and restoration of the system at the quickest possible time.

International Collaborations

Jointly along with the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency, Govt. of Thailand (GISTDA), NATMO completed a project on an Archaeological Atlas. This atlas highlights the origin, growth and spread of Buddhism from India to South -East Asia. Around fifteen Buddhist sites have been selected in India and mapped under this project. The thematic plates use high-resolution satellite data and geospatial technologies or extracting base information.

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