India – Former President A.P.J.Abdul Kalam the other day urged the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to use its remote sensing facilities and inputs from the Cartosat-2 mapping satellite to help the Kerala government develop the Manjeswaram-Kovalam Waterway.
Kalam was addressing a function organised by ISRO and Asianet on May 31 to honour ISRO scientists instrumental for the successful PSLV-C9 launch last month.
“Chief Minister V.S.Achuthanandan spoke passionately about the waterway project when we met. I request the ISRO to use its remote sensing and Cartosat- 2 capabilities for the project,” Kalam said.
Creation of waterways across the country and interlinking of rivers, he said, are among the important infrastructural necessities in developing food, economic and national security.
The ISRO, with its current and planned space infrastructure, can play a great role in bridging the rural urban divide and providing education and healthcare for all.
It has to gear itself up for providing valuable space inputs to tackle water scarcity, promote energy independence and increase agricultural productivity, he said.
The Youth Satellite the ISRO proposes to launch by the beginning of 2009 will be a platform connecting the youth of multiple countries, Kalam said.
The satellite, he said, will definitely be a `trigger for new thinking and innovation.’ Co-ordinated development of agriculture and food processing, education and healthcare, information and communication technology and infrastructure will lead to food, economic and national security, he said.
The ISRO should increase the research base in the country which is crucial for the future aspirations of the space agency, he said. World Space Vision 2050 (suggested by Kalam to the world space community) will enhance the quality of life, inspire the spirit of space exploration, expand the horizons of knowledge and ensure space security for all nations, he said. It was also essential to create a World Space Council to oversee planning, and implementation of large-scale and societal missions like energy from space, space security and deep space exploration, he said.
ISRO chairman G.Madhavan Nair, VSSC director K.Radhakrishnan, Sree Chithira Thirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology former director Dr M.S.Valiathan, novelist C.Radhakrishnan, Asianet vice-chairman and managing director K.Madhavan, Asianet editor K.P.Mohanan and chief of programmes (Asianet News) T.N.Gopakumar spoke.