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Mumbai to be mapped and tracked

Mumbai, India: Now that the Cartosat-2B satellite is up and running, tracking every movement—be it vehicular or pedestrian, every inch of mangrove land across the Maharashtra state’s 720-km coast will be monitored, according to Times of India report. This means that the reckless hacking of tress and mangroves will soon be a thing of past. Any change in the city’s green asset will be picked up by the satellite.

The images captured by the satellite will be transmitted to the National Remote Sensing Centre in Hyderabad, which, in turn, will forward them to the state administration.

Also, the satellite will put an end to the rein of encroachers. The satellite will map all the dwellings in the metropolis to the last detail. All this, said technocrats, will come in handy while planning projects, such as rail networks, roads and bridges, in a more efficient manner.

Experts with the state’s remote sensing centre said that the newly-launched satellite will reduce the huge expenditure by the state government on procuring satellite images and mapping technology (also known as differential global positioning system) from foreign agencies.

“An image by Cartosat-2B will cost approximately Rs 250 per sq km as against USD 42 (Rs 2,100) per square kilometre charged by American satellites such as the Quick Bird. The PAN camera fitted in the satellite offers .93 cm resolution, which means that even a small object on the street would be visible,” said Vinod Bothale, director of Maharashtra Remote Sensing and Application Centre. “With Cartosat-2B, planning for projects will be affordable,” he added. Currently, Mumbai is implementing a slew of infrastructure projects worth Rs 30,000 crore.

ISRO’s decision to launch more advanced satellites in the near future will prove to be a shot in the arm for underground utilities. “The satellites will provide the agencies with high-resolution images, which will be of great help in repairing underground utilities,” said a bureaucrat.

P R K Murthy, chief of transportation and communication division of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) said that transportation projects can now be designed and planned to perfection. “Cartosat-2B will track the movement of each and every vehicle and will give us an accurate idea of the city’s traffic needs,” Murthy said.

Source: Times of India