Sabarimala tragedy: ISRO offers satellite pictures

Thiruvananthapuram Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has offered to provide satellite pictures of Sabarimala area using remote sensing technology for taking measures to prevent disasters like the stampede that claimed 102 lives last week.

ISRO Chairman Dr K Radhakrishnan said such three dimensional images would help the government and temple board to improve infrastructure in Sabarimala area and help to avoid
such mishaps.

"To avert such disasters in future, we are ready to provide the three diamensional pictures to  the state government. They could provide a clear view of each and every landscape,"
Radhakrishnan told reporters on the sidelines of an international conference on 'Contemporary Trends in Optics and Optoelectronics' here.

With the support of Union government, ISRO had already prepared a databank of peripheral pictures of around 200 districts in the country. The agency would soon expand the programme across the country, ISRO Chairman said.

Dr T K Alex, Director, ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) said the satellite pictures by Indian space agency has demands even among developed countries.

"Even developed countries use the pictures produced by ISRO. In the cases like Sabarimala, we are ready to provide the pictures of the terrain to government. With the help of that, they can build roads, renovate buildings and can make other arrangements," he said.

Story First Published: January 17, 2011 13:28 IST

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