National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) on 13 January 2016 signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) under Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and North East Centre for Technology Application and Research (NECTAR) to use spatial technology for monitoring and managing National Highways.
NHAI will receive satellite data and geospatial technology acquired by both Indian and foreign satellite product companies from National Remote Sensing Centre under ISRO. It uses that data & technology to prepare Detailed Project Report (DPR), prefeasibility status in new alignment, upgrade or road widening, monitoring of road segments which provide inputs in highway and infrastructure projects.
While, Aerial images for infrastructure planning which are acquired using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) by NECTAR will be used in monitoring the construction process, road asset management, feasibility report and DPR preparation, immediate assessment and remedy of problematic spots.
NHAI will take up some pilot projects with both NRSC and NECTAR to identify and finalise actual use and benefits of both satellite data & geospatial technology and UAV technology in highway and infrastructure sector.
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When: 13 January 2016