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Land Capability Based Land Use Recommendation For A World Heritage Site Of Kas Plateau, Maharashtra

Author(s): Suchitra S. Pardeshi | Sudhakar D. Pardeshi

Journal: Golden Research Thoughts
ISSN 2231-5063

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Heritage Site | Land Capability | Kas Plateau | recommendation.

The areas which are with high potentials of various land uses are need to be assessed very carefully. This study is carried out on the Kas plateau which is recently declared as world heritage site. This is an extensive high level laterite surface. This is the most important area with respect to landforms, biodiversity, tourism and a proposed site of tiger reserve project. This extensive lateritic plateau area is interrupted with overlying loose material and patches of dense vegetation. In the entire area, slope ranges from less than 4o to 66o. Along the plateau margins, slopes range between 27o to 66o. Land use land cover analysis of this area is carried out by using IRS LISS-III image acquired on 13th March 2006 to understand the present pattern of land use and land cover. Based on the land use and land cover analysis it can be suggested that about one third of total area, mainly the top surface of the lateritic plateau should not disturb and should be treated as area for the wild life and recreation, and it can be used for eco- tourism activity. One third of the area should be used for cultivation and pasture while remaining area should be used for forest as well as for the pasture. Besides this, certain precautionary measures also suggested for the better practice of land resource management. Present study emphasises the need of detailed assessment of land use and land cover of this area. It is also essential to know the terrain characterisitics and geomorphological set up in detail before changing the present land use and cover. Based on the analysis of the land surface, land capability classification was done to identify the proper land uses.
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