NEW DELHI: The Indian Space Research Organisation will soon launch a satellite exclusively for the Home Ministry to help it further strengthen its frontiers with Pakistan and Bangladesh among others.
The satellite will be used for the purpose of utilising space resources for security, operational planning and border infrastructure development.
The project is slated to strengthen island and border security and facilitate the development of infrastructure in border and island areas.
The move is part of recommendations made by a task force on the use of space technology in improving border management which has been accepted by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
To execute the project in a time bound manner, a short, medium and long-term plan have been proposed for implementation in five years in close coordination with the ISRO and the Defence Ministry.
In short term, immediate needs of border guarding forces will be met by procurement of high-resolution imagery and the hiring of bandwidth for communications.
In mid-term, one satellite is being launched by the ISRO for the exclusive use of the MHA.
Over the long term, the MHA will develop ground segment and network infrastructure to share satellite resources by user agencies, develop a central archival facility for storing various imagery resources and dissemination of the same to user agencies.