DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh on Wednesday said that Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will assist development projects in the Northeast through Space Technology. 

He said that the ISRO will contribute by offering optimum utilization of satellite imaging and other space technology applications for better accomplishment of infrastructural projects in the region. 

He said that six 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. 

“ISRO is already monitoring and Geo-tagging 67 projects at 221 sites in all the 8 States funded by DoNER/NEC. This is 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,” said Singh while chairing a high-level meeting with senior officers of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and ISRO scientists.   

Singh said that ISRO is no longer confined mainly to the launching of satellites, “but it has been constantly enlarging its role in development activities.” 

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He said that North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC) at Shillong has received a number of proposals from North Eastern 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. 

The Minister said that the Home Minister Amit Shah is likely to visit the NESAC in July to review the progress of the projects. He said that despite the crippling effects of the Covis, much headway was made in execution of these projects. 

Jitendra Singh said that in the North Eastern Region, space technology is now being used in diverse sectors including agriculture, railways, roads and bridges, medical management-telemedicine, procurement of timely Utilization Certificates, disaster forecast and management, weather, rain, flood forecast among others. 

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