- April 9, 2008
- Posted by: EARSC
- Category: EARSC News
Integrated observation system consisting of both land and space technology can go a long way in establishing India’s credibility in the international space programme scenario, said K Kasturirangan, Rajyasabha member and former Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) here on Tuesday while addressing the concluding function of golden jubilee celebrations of the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (Neeri).
Known for his personal contributions in the two earth observation satellites Bhaskara-I and II satellites of ISRO and successful launch and operationalisation of PSLV and GSLV, Kasturirangan elaborated on various uses of both communication and remote sensing satellite series — the INSAT series and the IRS series for development of nation.
He said that NEERI and ISRO can jointly work towards handling the environmental concerns- global and local.
Earlier addressing a conference on ‘environment and sustainable development’ Kasturirangan stressed on cleaner technologies for improvement of each sector right from industrial to agriculture to environment. Since development is synonymous with more energy consumption, the stress should be on efficient and green technologies in this sector too. Water, biggest dwindling resource (especially ground water), needs better management through rainwater harnessing and recharge.
India is still far from reaching safe drinking water to all its population in both urban and rural sectors. Since land resource too is limited the country needs to enhance its productivity from existing 1.5 to 2 tonnes per hectare to 4-6 tonnes as its had done earlier in times of need.