Satellites to help check unauthorised construction at monuments

New Delhi, March 14 (IANS) The National Remote Sensing Centre of ISRO has signed an agreement with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for preparing satellite-based maps to help check unauthorised construction around over 3,000 protected monuments, the government said on Monday.

Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said this on Monday while replying to a question in the Lok Sabha.

The maps will indicate prohibited and regulated areas around protected monuments for the information of the public.

“The ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) has a repository of photographs that are taken routinely through satellite. Those photographs will be used for developing a surveillance system for the centrally protected monuments,” Sharma said.

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