MoRTH-DRDO Join Hands for Geo-hazard Management

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) have entered into an agreement to strengthen cooperation in the sector of technical exchange and on sustainable geo-hazard management.

Key Points

  • This geo-hazard management agreement was signed between the DRDO’s G Satheesh Reddy and MoRTH Secretary Giridhar Aramane.
  • Under the agreement, MoRTH and DRDO will increase cooperation in the fields of mutual benefit like designing and planning of different landslide/avalanche control structures, conceptual planning of integrated landslide/avalanche protection schemes for all-weather connectivity in snowbound areas of our country, pre-feasibility of viaducts and tunnels, association in preparation of proposals/DPRs for tunnels including geotechnical/geological/terrain modeling, etc.
  • This initiative of geo-hazard management will ensure the safety of people on national highways in the country during landslides and other natural calamities.
  • Both the organizations will use the DRDO expertise through the Defence Geo-Informatics Research Establishment (DGRE) for offering measures for damages due to avalanches, landslides, and natural calamities.
  • The collaboration areas include- investigation of the existing critical avalanches/geohazards, planning, designing, and formulation of sustainable mitigation measures for geo-hazards, monitoring the implementation of the mitigation measures, etc.

DRDO is working on different cutting edge technologies. A premier laboratory of DRDO, the Defence Geo-Informatics Research Establishment (DGRE) is a leader in developing technologies for increasing combat effectiveness with a focus on avalanches and terrain.