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Indian state to promote use of geospatial technology

India: The Indian state of Uttarakhand will take active, corrective and fast steps to promote the usage of geospatial technology for facilitating the all round development of the State and welfare of its people.

Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna said this while speaking at the seminar on geo-enabling Uttarakhand-opportunities, organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in association with Uttarakhand Space Application Centre (USAC) and Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) in Dehradun.

Stating that the State will promote the usage of geospatial technology for development, Bahuguna said that information technology, space science and geospatial technology can assist in boosting the pace of development in Uttarakhand. “Application of geospatial technology is relevant in various spheres in Uttarakhand due to its geographical features, environmental resources, natural calamities and other factors. Years ago space technology saved my life when I and my daughter got lost while driving in Scotland when it snowed heavily but we reached home using the GPS in the car,” said the CM.

IIRS director YVN Krishna Murthy said that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman had assured all relevant support to the State for development projects. Secretary, Science and Technology, RC Pathak spoke about the existing usage of geospatial technology in the state and hoped that the recommendations from the seminar would provide a useful roadmap for geo-enabling Uttarakhand.

Source: Daily Pioneer