From forest surveys to agriculture and disaster management, the Center plans to harness satellite technology to implement at least 110 government projects in the environmentally sensitive North East region by 2024.
The government took this decision because poor communication in the region and its ecological sensitivity hampered the proper implementation of the projects, official sources told DH.
The projects identified in the fields of agriculture, water resources, forestry and ecology, planning and development, remote sensing by drone and support for disaster management. They would be implemented with joint funding from the Ministry of DONER, the Department of Science and state governments.
The North East Space Applications Center (NESAC) based in Shillong coordinates the action plan prepared by the nodal departments of the eight North East states.
Established in 2000, NESAC is an autonomous institution under the Department of Space to provide space technology inputs and services for the development of the North East region. NESAC is engaged in the execution of remote sensing application projects for natural resource management and infrastructure development, satellite communication based applications in education, health and disaster management support , as well as training and capacity building in space technologies and applications.
NESAC has developed and achieved milestones in the implementation of the Northeast Spatial Data Repository, identification of potential areas for sericulture and horticulture development, remote sensing based forestry work plans and river atlas, geospatial system for monitoring projects, flood early warning system for Assam. , a satellite imagery-based settlement of border disputes between northeastern states, said an official statement quoting Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh on August 4.