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AAI to use ISRO satellite data to monitor construction around airports

Nikita Mehta

New Delhi: The Department of Space will soon enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to facilitate monitoring construction activity in areas surrounding airports.

The idea is to lay down clearer, scientific parameters for construction around airports.

“It will be a big breakthrough. We are already working on two airports as pilot projects, Hyderabad and Port Blair,” said Jitendra Singh, minister of state, Prime Minister’s office, personnel, public grievances, pensions, atomic energy and space “After these projects, the MoU will be signed with Airport Authority of India for the use of satellite data,” added Singh.

For the first phase, 42 airports have been selected where satellite inputs will be used for better construction and to monitor topography changes from time to time.

“This is meant to promote ease of business. Now instead of waiting months for a permission or rejection, you can get a no-objection certificate or denial of punishment within 72 hours,” said Y.V.N. Krishna Murthy, scientific secretary, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro).

To seek permission for construction in the airport funnel, the area surrounding the airport where there are restrictions on building, the users can log onto a government website and send their locations using a mobile phone and specify the height of the building for which permission is being sought.

Using Isro’s satellite images and analytics on its BHUVAN web portal, the decision will be made quicker and less arbitrarily.

 

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