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Meghalaya GIS & UAV Centre inaugurated

The centre will provide better governance and services to the public which will use latest technologies, satellite imaging and drone technology, an official said.

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Shillong: Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Thursday inaugurated the Meghalaya GIS & UAV Centre at the State Secretariat.

The centre will provide better governance and services to the public which will use latest technologies, satellite imaging and drone technology, an official said.

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Moreover, the Centre will assist the government to conduct aerial mapping of locations, transport medical supplies, aerial spraying of fertilisers, etc.

“Through real-time data collection by UAVs or drones, departments can remotely monitor the implementation of schemes, survey traffic, map water bodies, agriculture activities, etc and can improve governance and efficiency of all departments,” the Chief Minister said. 

Sangma said the Centre can also start supporting the police to give them live feed and images regarding traffic. 

“We are hopeful that police will be able to use these services immediately,” he said, adding that the drone view will help to manage things in a better manner, it will also help in critical situations too like flood or law and order situation, adding that the drone technology will be very helpful for the administration and government as a whole to make critical decisions.

Sangma said that the centre will provide training to youngsters who will be trained in drone technology to become drone operators and other GIS mapping facilities, which will involve a lot of youngsters who are tech savvy. 

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