ISRO to provide satellite images of Sabarimala

THIRUVANATHAPURAM: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will provide the satellite images of Sabarimala to the State Government for the infrastructure development of the area in a bid to prevent disasters such as Pulmedu stampede in future, K Radhakrishnan, ISRO Chairman, said.
The Pulmedu stampede on Friday night claimed 102 lives.
He was speaking to the reporters on the sidelines of an international conference on Contemporary Trends in Optics and Optoelectronics at the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology here on Monday.
“ISRO has now three dimensional (3D) images of Sabarimala taken by three satellites equipped with remote sensing imaging technology. These images will be handed over to Centre for Earth Science Studies (CESS) for future use. The images can be used to assess the geographic features of even the unapproachable lands and improve infrastructure in Sabarimala area,” he said.
“ISRO, in association with the Union Government, has been involved in disaster management activities for quite some time. A database of geographical features of around 200 disaster prone districts in the country have been prepared by ISRO
with the help of satellite images.
“These data are expected to make the preventive measures and also relief operations easy. Works are on to collect the remaining data from all the districts in the State,” he added. Inaugurating the international conference, Radhakrishnan said that ISRO, over the past five decades, had blossomed into a peoplecentric development programme more than just a space research organisation. The contributions of ISRO have been widely used in planning, infrastructure and disaster management programmes.
Optical telescope at Ponmudi
T K Alex , Director, ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bangalore, who presided over the inaugural function said that a major optical telescope would be installed at Ponmudi soon, which would be used purely for astronomical purposes.

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