ISRO to help development projects in Northeast through space technology

Science    10-Jun-2021
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New Delhi, June 10: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is going to help assist the development projects in Northeastern India through space technology, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday (9 June).
Singh further said that the ISRO will also offer optimum utilisation of satellite Imaging and other space technology applications for better accomplishment of infrastructural projects in all the eight states of the Northeastern region.

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Chairing a high-level meeting with senior officers of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and ISRO scientists, the minister said that six out of the eight States of Northeast have already sent their specific proposals for execution by ISRO, while the remaining two states of Sikkim and Assam will send their proposals soon.

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Moreover, he informed that ISRO is already monitoring and geo-tagging 67 projects at 221 sites in all the eight states funded by the ministry. He added, this is the first of its kind in the whole country, where there is an institutionalised involvement of ISRO in mapping and sharing of data for developmental projects and can become a model for other states too.
North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC) at Shillong has received several proposals from Northeastern states. It would be discussing the feasibility and desirability of all such projects, one by one with each of the states in the next fortnight. Once identified, all such projects are likely to be funded jointly by respective states and NESAC, a Ministry of DoNER statement said.