Highways on satellite surveillance radar

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Close on the heels of tapping the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) famed frugal engineering skills to develop a battery prototype that can be retro-fitted into old diesel vehicles for delivering motive power, the Roads Ministry in a recent bid reached out to the ISRO again to deploy spatial technology for monitoring and managing National Highways. A collective venture involving the satellite data and geospatial technology of the National Remote Sensing Centre (under the ISRO) and assistance from the North East Centre for Technology Application and Research (NECTAR). The task involved leveraging by NHAI in preparing detailed project reports of highway and infrastructure projects, determining pre-feasibility status in new road alignments, widening roads, monitoring road segments under construction, and road asset management. On this score, a pact with ISRO is on the anvil whereby NHAI will initiate a couple of pilot projects with both the organisations to identify and finalise actual use and benefits of both satellite data and spatial technology and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology in highway, and infrastructure sector. Around the clock, technical cell would also be set up to provide project-specific data using the technology to project report consultants, engineers, staff, and users, which involved the use of ISRO-aided satellites and drones to monitor the highways construction, said official sources.

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