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Indian state resources on satellite survey

The state information technology (IT) department has tied up with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for initiating a satellite survey of natural resources in Jharkhand.

Commissioner-cum-secretary of the state information technology department, R.S. Sharma told that the project has been christened Natural Resources Information System (NRIS).

It will involve an expenditure of about Rs 4 crore, which will be shared by the state government and ISRO in the ratio of 50:50. According to Sharma, following the tie-up, officials of Jharkhand State Application Centre (JSAC), a wing of state IT department recently visited ISRO to chalk out the modalities of the survey.

Such a survey is being undertaken for the first time in the state. It is expected to commence in June.

Officials of the state IT department informed that as per the tie-up, ISRO has agreed to provide high precision satellite images of all natural resources in the state. The JSAC will use the satellite images to compile set of information. Sources in state IT department revealed that senior officials of JSAC would visit Andhra Pradesh in the first week of June to study how satellite survey of natural resources has benefited that state.

The IT department officials also pointed out that the satellite survey will also help the state government in identifying the rayaati land.