The Department of Space and Department of Land Resources, Ministry of Rural Development signed an MoU on development of Web Geo Portal ‘Shrishti’ and Mobile App ‘Drishti’ for Monitoring of IWMP watersheds through Bhuvan in New Delhi on Wednesday. The MoU was signed by Sandeep Dave, Joint Secretary, Department of Land Resources and V K Dadhwal, Director, NRSC in the presence of Union Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Chaudhary Birender Singh and the Minister of State for Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space, Jitendra Singh. The National Remote Sensing Centre, ISRO in partnership with DoLR is designing and developing the technological interventions for monitoring and evaluation of Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) watersheds through the Bhuvan Geo-Web portal -SRISHTI.
Mobile Application – DRISHTI has also been developed to integrate field level activities and monitoring with Bhuvan portal. The Minister said that for any technology to be successful, it should have social applications along with the economic viability. During the recent floods in Jammu and Kashmir it is this technology that came to their help. ISRO is also working with HRD Ministry, Earth Sciences, Water Resources etc and helping them to improve efficiency. Under HRD more than 80 tele education networks have been set up with the help of ISRO.