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ISRO-enabled control room for anti-Naxal ops

New Delhi: A state-of-the-art control room with giant TV screens that will help track the offensive of security forces in Naxal strongholds with satellite imaging and GPS has been activated at the CRPF headquarters here.

Official sources said the control room will enable top officers to track the movement of personnel in thick jungles and hilly terrains across states where anti-Naxal operations are on.

A giant screen comprising 16 LCD screens has been put up, which at the push of a button will show the exact positioning of troops in the area. The preloaded satellite images will give a fair idea of the patrol party’s location and nearby areas.

The project was kick-started few years back with the force approaching the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for satellite imaging of Naxal areas. The National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) is also part of the project.

“Lack of knowledge of the topography is the biggest hurdle before security men against its fight against the Naxals who are well-versed with the terrain,” a source said.

The images outlines major details of the terrain including water bodies among others. And with the help of Global Positioning System (GPS), each step of the personnel can be tracked.

“This will be very helpful in carrying out offensive operations and also to undertake any rescue missions if any. Even if personnel take a wrong route, they can be notified,” a source said.

The agencies are in the process of giving finishing touches to the project which will provide a more comprehensive imaging.

Top Home Ministry officials were given a presentation on the project recently.

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