Category-wise Wastelands of India Comparative analysis between Wasteland Atlas 2000 and Wasteland Atlas 2005

CATEGORY-WISE WASTELANDS OF INDIA

Comparative analysis

Year 1986-2000 - as per Wasteland Atlas to 2003 | Year 2003 - As per Wasteland Atlas 2005

(Area in sq. km.)

S.
No.
Category Wastelands % to Total
Geographical
Area covered
Change
1986-2000 2003 1986-2000 2003 Area %
1 Gullied and/or Ravinous land 20553.35 19039.34 0.65 0.60 -1514.01 -0.05
2 Land with or without scrub 194014.29 187949.49 6.13 5.94 -6064.80 -0.19
3 Waterlogged and Marshy land 16568.45 9744.97 0.52 0.31 -6823.48 -0.22
4 Land affected by salinity/alkalinity-coastal/inland 20477.38 12024.05 0.65 0.38 -8453.33 -0.27
5 Shifting Cultivation Area 35142.20 18765.86 1.11 0.59 -16376.34 -0.52
6 Under utilised/degraded notified forest land 140652.31 126551.81 4.44 4.00 -14100.50 -0.45
7 Degraded pastures/grazing land 25978.91 19344.30 0.82 0.61 -6634.61 -0.21
8 Degraded land under plantation 5828.09 2138.24 0.18 0.07 -3689.84 -0.12
9 Sands-Inland/Coastal 50021.65 33984.20 1.58 1.07 -16037.45 -0.51
10 Mining/Industrial wastelands 1252.13 1977.35 0.04 0.06 725.21 0.02
11 Barren rocky/stony waste/sheet rock area 64584.77 57747.11 2.04 1.82 -6837.65 -0.22
12 Steep sloping area 7656.29 9097.38 0.24 0.29 1441.10 0.05
13 Snow covered and/or glacial area 55788.49 54328.16 1.76 1.72 -1460.33 -0.05
  Total Wasteland Area 638518.31 552692.26 20.17 17.45 -85826.05 -2.71
 Source: 1:50,000 scale wasteland maps-1986-2000 prepared based on Landsat Thematic Mapper / IRS LISS II and map-2003 prepared based on IRS-LISS III data   Note: 1,20,849.00 sq. km. in Jammu & Kashmir is not mapped and hence not considered for calculating the percentage.