Dr. Jitendra Singh, the Union Minister of state Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) on Wednesday said that ISRO will be assisting development projects in the Northeast through Space Technology and will also contribute by offering optimum utilisation of Satellite Imaging and other Space Technology applications for the better accomplishment of infrastructural projects in all eight states of the region.
While as the chairperson in a high level meeting with the senior officers of the ministry of DoNER and ISRO scientists, the minister informed that six out of eight states in Northeast have already sent their proposals for execution by ISRO.
The remaining two states, Sikkim and Assam, that haven’t yet sent their specific proposals will send it soon, said the minister.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said, “ISRO is already monitoring and Geo-tagging 67 projects at 221 sites in all the 8 states funded by MDoNER/NEC,” and he mentioned, “This is first of it’s kind in the whole country where there is an institutional involvement of ISRO in mapping and sharing of data for developmental projects and can become a model for other states too.”
In the last seven years the major highlights of Modi government, as said by Dr. Jitendra Singh, has been that ISRO is no longer confined just mainly to the launch of Satellites, and has emerged and enlarged itself role in development activities, hence making “Transforming India” mission more imparting.
All projects to be jointly funded by the respective states and NESAC.
“The Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah had visited Shillong and held a meeting with the North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC) society in January this year, where major projects to be taken up had been flagged,” said Dr. Jitendra Singh.
Important projects which are under work are mapping of forest gap areas, expansion of land area for horticulture development, identification and rejuvenation of wetlands and diversion of floodwater, assessment of Bamboo resources for livelihood needs.
The minister said that Shri Amit Shah is likely to visit the centre again in the month of July to review the progress of the projects.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said, “Space technology is now being used in the North Eastern Regions for diverse sectors including agriculture, railways, roads/bridges, medical management/telemedicine, disaster forecasts and management, weather forecast, etc.”
Projects from Arunachal Pradesh are “nearly completed” and similar other projects from other states are “on the way” to achieve the target of completion as well, mentioned the ISRO’s senior officials.
NESAC was set up to play the catalytic role in holistic development of North Eastern Region of India by providing Space Science and Technology support.