New Delhi, India: Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India (GOI) purchased 65 GIS mobile work-stations from the Department of Science and Technology and distributed these to units based in Left Wing Extremist areas. These work-stations will be used in the fight against Naxals. The force also distributed 13 high-end work-stations with the software in the areas. The GIS data has been provided by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
According to CRPF spokesperson, “These work-stations contain the complete mapping of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Orissa states. We have further mapped seven districts in Madhya Pradesh and 14 districts in Bihar. In West Bengal, only East Midnapore has been mapped so far. The satellite imagery for the complete state of West Bengal and three worst-affected districts of Maharashtra — Gadchiroli, Bhandara and Gondia — is underway.”
“The work-stations have turned out to be quite useful. It ensures familiarisation about the terrain,” said CRPF Director General K Vijay Kumar. Earlier, the CRPF had sought ISRO’s help in tracking extremists in the hilly terrain and dense forests.
Former Union Home Secretary G K Pillai said the process was meant to provide CRPF with ground-level observation and navigation facilities during counter-insurgency operations. “The idea was to get the satellite maps of all extremist areas. Copies of these terrain maps are available with all company commanders now. It helps them track likely ambush sites and plot their route to avoid casualty. It also gives them an idea of the best sites to plan an ambush,” he said.
Source: Indian Express