New Delhi, India: Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) in India approved a one time grant-in aid of INR 378 crore as budgetary support for implementation of GPS-aided Geo Augmented Navigation system (GAGAN).
The GAGAN system, estimated to cost INR 774 crore, would make the skies from South-east Asia to Africa, including Indian airspace, much safer. The system, being developed jointly by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), would place India in the fourth position along with the US, Europe and Japan to have such an advanced navigation system.
As much as INR 171 crore would be provided for the project for the current year, while for the next year, appropriate provisions would be made for the balance amount, according to a press statement by the government. Of the total project cost of INR 774 crore, AAI was required to shell out INR 604 crore, while ISRO was to contribute rest of the money (INR 170 crore). AAI has already spent INR 226 crore and sought one time grant-in-aid of INR 378 crore from the Gross Budgetary Support to meet its balance commitment, the statement said.
The project is expected to be ready for operational use by May 2013, according to a government official. It would be an all weather national infrastructure and can be used by defence services, security agencies, Railways, surface transport, shipping, telecom industry besides personal users of position location based services.
It will provide precision approach to all aircraft either landing at Indian airports or overflying the airspace, even over the high seas. The system will offer seamless satellite navigation to air traffic across the Indian Ocean region.
After completion of its final operational phase, GAGAN will be compatible with other Space Based Augmentation Systems like the Wide Area Augmentation System of the US, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service and the multi- functional Satellite Augmentation System of Japan.
Source: Business Standard