ISRO, MHA to establish Integrated Control Room for Emergency Response

As part of strengthening the Disaster Management in India, The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Department of Space and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) have signed a memorandum of understanding today to establish an Integrated Control Room for Emergency Response (ICR-ER) in the Ministry of Home Affairs. Sanjeev Kumar Jindal, Joint Secretary (Disaster Management), MHA and Dr. PVNR Rao, Deputy Director, NRSC, ISRO signed the agreement in New Delhi, according to a PIB statement.

Photo Caption: The Joint Secretary (Disaster Management), MHA,  Sanjeev Kumar Jindal and the Deputy Director, NRSC, ISRO, Dr. P.V.N. Rao at the signing of an MoU between MHA and ISRO for setting up an Integrated Control Room for Emergency Response, in New Delhi on September 20, 2018. Photo: PIB.

According to the statement, while the ISRO will render its technical expertise for setting up of proposed ICR-ER whereas the project will be executed under overall supervision of MHA. The proposed Control Room is expected to be established in next one-and-a-half year. What is more, the ICR-ER will cater to the requirement of Disaster Management as well as Internal Security. ICR-ER will address the requirement of receipt of information on near real-time basis, strategic level monitoring, situation awareness, command and control, preparedness and response in the diverse internal security situation and disaster related emergencies, with the result it will increase the operational effectiveness and will be helpful in rendering timely response / assistance during various emergency situations, added the statement.