Around 700 government projects funded by the North Eastern Council, which are facing delay and cost over-run in eight states of the north east region, will soon get a near-to-real time monitoring using a satellite system developed by the North Eastern Space Application Centre (NESAC).
The system which was first initiated in 2011 as a pilot project, got the North Eastern Council (NEC) nod in 2012 for an amount of Rs 144 lakh covering 36 districts across all states in the north east, officials said.
“We are expecting that using the technology that is being developed by NESAC, we will be able to monitor the progress of over 700 projects funded by the NEC in the region,” NEC Planning Advisor C H Kharshiing told PTI on the sidelines of 16th foundation day celebration at the NESAC premises here.
He said at the moment, NEC was monitoring the projects using the conventional means, and he was hopeful that monitoring of the progress of each of the projects be made available in the pictorial form.
In fact the NEC had released about Rs 50 lakh of the Rs 144 lakh meant for the North Eastern District Resources Plan (NEDRP) which is aimed at strengthening governance policy through geospatial inputs.
The NEDRP was started in 2011 in Meghalaya as a pilot project and in 2012, it got the NEC nod to develop geospatial data for 36 districts of all eight north eastern states, NESAC director P L N Raju said.
He said it was one of the most successful programmes developed by the Centre and headed by programme director Dr D Chutia.
Apart from project monitoring, the programme also provides geospatial inputs important for preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR), Master plan document and planning of various developmental activities in the districts covered, Raju added.