ISRO ready to provide satellite images of Sabarimala

PTI, 17-01-2011 14:55:50

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Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 17 (PTI) India’’s premier space agency ISRO has offered to provide to the Kerala government satellite pictures of Sabarimala area for taking measures to prevent disasters like the stampede that claimed 102 lives last week.

Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Dr K Radhakrishnan said three dimensional images would help the government and Temple Board (Travancore Devaswom) improve infrastructure in Sabarimala area and help avoid such mishaps in future.

"To avert such disasters in future, we are ready to provide three dimensional 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, the ISRO Chairman said.

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

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

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