The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) would set up a research centre in Guwahati for start ups, academicians, environmentalists and entrepreneurs as the decision to this effect was taken at a meeting between chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and ISRO chariman AS Kiran Kumar held in Guwahati on Thursday.
It is for the first time that ISRO is setting up such an exclusive research facility in Assam to explore the possibility of using geospatial technology, which includes data generated through Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Satellite Remote Sensing for expediting development of Assam and using the remote sensing technology for accurate flood warning system, prevention of soil erosion and land slide to name a few.
Sonowal requested the ISRO director to integrate space technology for the overall development of the state. He informed Kiran Kumar that state government would provide land to the ISRO free of cost for opening the research centre.
Along with other objectives the research centre will be mandated to be used extensively for colleting and interpreting satellite data over the last few decades which can be made accessible to young researchers through this Centre in Guwahati.
In the meeting the CM also informed that the state government will ink an MoU with the department of space for leveraging the potentials of the state for using space technology.
Once the MoU is signed both state government and ISRO would work together for the development of the region.