ISRO Extends Support

Being extremely happy with handling of natural disasters by the Odisha Government, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has expressed its interest to work with the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA).

ISRO is the technical arm of Ministry of Space of Government of India and for the first time it has proposed to the State Government to establish close working arrangements with OSDMA.

Director ISRO, P G Diwakar has written to the State Government in this regard, while appreciating the efforts of the State in handling Super Storm FANI and other natural disasters and saving lives of millions.

ISRO has thanked Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi for his leadership during extremely severe cyclone FANI and OSDMA Managing Director Bishnupada Sethi.

ISRO had prepared ‘Odisha Flood Hazard Atlas’ also expressed happiness with excellent support extended by Mr.Sethi and all arrangements done.

ISRO has proposed to work closely with OSDMA to address near real time disaster monitoring support.

With high-tech facilities available with ISRO, Odisha will be immensely benefitted with this proposal, said a senior officer in Department of  Revenue & Disaster management.

ISRO has also suggested that Odisha with huge coastline and sea, its fishermen could use NavIC(Navigation with Indian Constellation) for their requirement.

NavIC is the Indian version of the American Global Positioning System(GPS).

NavIC based devices could be used for the safety of fishermen community and also for the information on potential fishing catch.
These are simple devices that work on mobile platform with local language interface. These are also popular in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.

These gadgets are of the size of a soapbox, are basically ‘Receivers’, which will produce a beep, when alerts are received by the device.

NavIC helps the fishermen inside the sea to know weather and cyclone updates.

NavIC provides accurate real time position, navigation and timing services over India and region extending around 1500 Kilometer around Indian Borders

So the state Government will be able to help out the hapless fishermen in deep sea for getting near real time disaster information, which will save their precious lives.

In fact Odisha Government has been lauded both nationally and internationally for its pursuit to save human lives before disaster hits the ground.

ISRO has wanted to be a part of the system in Odisha and Dr.Diwakar has offered services to work out details in this regard.

Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi has asked MD OSDMA Bishnupada Sethi and Secretary Fisheries and ARD Vishal Gagan to work out strategy for taking up both the proposals, said sources.

Soon the state Government will be working out modalities for both the initiatives as ISRO proposal is beneficial for the State, said an official.

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