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Satellite navigation project to receive Rs 378 crores


March 29, 2011 - New Delhi

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved a one-time grant-in-aid of Rs. 378 crores GPS Aided GEO Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) project that would provide satellite coverage to air traffic not only on the entire Indian airspace but across the Indian Ocean region from South-east Asia to Africa also.

The total project cost is Rs.774 crore, out of which Rs.148 crore has been spent in TDS Phase (AAI contribution Rs.108 crore and Rs.40 crore contributed by ISRO).

The balance amount of Rs.626 crore has been earmarked for FOP out of which AAI is required to contribute Rs.496 crore and balance Rs.130 crore is to be contributed by ISRO.

The project is expected to be ready for operational use by May, 2013.

The project has multiple benefits to the aviation sector and would help in seamless navigation over Indian airspace. It would be an all weather national infrastructure and can be used by defence services, security agencies, Railways, surface transport, shipping, telecom industry and personal users of position location based services.

Almost all the fields related to public and country benefits like defence services, security agencies, railways, air transport, surface transport, shipping, telecom industry and personal users of position location based services will get benefits by the GAGAN project.

In view of the limitations of the ground based navigation systems, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 1993 endorsed a global satellite based navigation system as the future of air navigation system.

In furtherance of this international commitment, AAI and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) entered into a MoU on August 25, 2001 for implementation of GAGAN project for seamless navigation over Indian air space.

ANI

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