MUMBAI: The maritime regulator has initiated discussions on implementing the indigenous navigation system `Gagan' as per the recommendations of the Government, a top official has said.
"We have started deliberations with all stakeholders and the roadmap is being defined," Director General of Shipping (DGS) Dr. Malini Shankar, IAS, said recently.
She said after the launch of Gagan (GPS-aided geo augmented navigation) in July 2015, the Government has been looking at various applications for the system and its introduction on the maritime front will be a part of the same. Sources said at first, Gagan needs to get the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) nod to be used for movement of ships. Switching to the new system also involves costs, which have to be minimised, they added.
To begin with, the Country may look at having Gagan for vessel traffic management system (VTMS) inside or in the close proximity of a port, the sources said, adding this can be done only after getting the IMO nod. Gagan has been developed jointly by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) at an investment of Rs 774 crore. The aviation sector may be the first to start using the system for transportation needs commercially.