From the Desk of Director
The Manipur Remote Sensing Applications Centre (MARSAC) was established in March 1999 as an autonomous Institution under the  Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of Manipur. MARSAC is the Nodal Agency for all Remote Sensing, Geographical Information Systems and Global Positioning System related works, procurement, supply & maintenance, analyzing and creation of data etc. Before MARSAC was established as an autonomous institution, it was functioning under erstwhile Directorate of Science, Technology, Govt. of Manipur as Remote Sensing Cell with limited manpower since 1989. The first project completed during 1989-90 was the Land Use Survey project of Manipur in 1:50,000 scale. The data generated under the project was widely used by the line departments of the state Govt. The other major projects completed before MARSAC was established as an autonomous centre are Integrated Soil Conservation of Loktak Catchment Area, Inventory & Monitoring of Valley districts of Manipur, Geological mapping project of Manipur, Estimation & Assessment of Shifting Cultivation Areas of Tamenglong, Churachandpur and Chandel districts of Manipur. All these projects were funded by the Govt. of Manipur.

It is a premier institution, dedicatedly involved in serving the state of Manipur through use of geospatial technology like remote sensing, geographic information system (GIS), global positioning system (GPS), mobile technology, photogrammetry and the Un-manned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for 3-D mapping and large scale mapping. MARSAC has carved a niche in the e-governance program of the Government of India with its use of mobile applications for asset mapping and dissemination of geographically referenced assets on web, superimposed on high resolution satellite data and decision support system, designed on the geo-portal of each department as per their need.

The centre also involved in most of the nation with remote sensing application projects such as National Resources Information System (NRIS), Integrated Mission for Sustainable Development (IMSD), Biodiversity Characterization, Wetland Mapping,  Wasteland Mapping, Land Use/ Land Cover Mapping, Land Degradation Mapping, National Geomorphology and Lineament Mapping, National Urban Information System (NUIS), Integrated Road Information System (IRIS), Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission, Integrated Land Management for Administrative Planning (ILMAP), Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS In Sericulture Development, Space based Information Support for Decentralized Planning (SIS-DP), Empowering Panchayati Raj Institutions Spatially (EPRIS)   etc.

In the recent past, major projects completed are Coordinated Horticulture Assessment and Management using Geo-informatics (CHAMAN), North Eastern District Resource Planning (NEDRP), Land Use Survey of Manipur Using Remote Sensing & GIS for Manipur State Strategic Statistical Plan (MASSSP), Disaster Management System of Manipur (DMSM) etc. Some of the ongoing projects are North East Spatial Data Repository (NeSDR), Monitoring of Integrated Watershed Management Programme using Geospatial Technology, Coordinated Horticulture Assessment and Management using Geo-informatics (CHAMAN), Development of Geo-database for Manipur Conservation of Paddy land and wet land Act, 2014, Digital India Land Record of Modern Programme (DILRMP), Election Information System, Use of Geo-Informatics in Rural Road Projects under PMGSY, Phase-II National Wetland Inventory and Assessment (NWIA), Phase-II Spaced based Information Support for decentralized Planning (SIS-DP), Monitoring of NEC funded projects using UAV etc.

Today, the use of geo-spatial technology is also becoming a mandate for every department by creating awareness amongst the departments, stakeholders, business communities and the masses for the need for transparency in governance. As such, MARSAC is actively involved in the mapping, inventory, managing, monitoring, asset mapping, for the sustainable development and for betterment of the lives of the common citizen. Urban applications, agriculture, sericulture, soil, land use, roads, water bodies and rivers, watershed, drainages, drought management, forest, geology and mining, archaeology and conservation of heritage forts, ecology etc., are some of the domains in which MARSAC has made special contribution.

MARSAC has been assigned to develop a geo-database for Manipur Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, 2014. The Centre is also extending services to the various line departments/ agencies by providing vital information’s of natural resources for different schemes/ project planning. Academician/Researches are continuously working in the Centre from different parts the country.

I am sure that MARSAC shall be able to take a major role in providing various geo-spatial data to cater needs of the state in the years to come.


Dr. N. Randhir Singh