NEW DELHI: Many hilly areas reel from landslides and leave a trail of destruction, sometimes too massive to gauge. But the havoc can be mitigated if the threat is perceived in advance. The good news is that a remedy is at hand.
An IIT Mandi-incubated startup, which developed a solution for early detection of landslide threats in hilly areas, has won the third prize for Best Entrepreneurship under Himachal Pradesh chief minister’s startup scheme.
Intiot Services Pvt. Ltd., incubated by faculty and students of IIT Mandi, was given the prize by state industries minister Bikram Singh on Friday.
The startup is led by four directors, including IIT Mandi’s Prof Varun Dutt, Prof KV Uday, Ph.D candidate Praveen Kumar, and senior associate Ankush Pathania.
A total of six best-commercialized startups were awarded for converting their ideas into best-commercialized startups for the year 2019-20 and 2020-21.
Intiot’s landslide monitoring system (LMS) is the solution for the landslide threats in the hilly terrain.
The startup has deployed around 40 LMS systems in the Himalayas to alert and save people’s lives by early warnings in places susceptible to landslides, as per officials.
“We are currently showing adequate success in averting landslide disasters in different parts of Himachal Pradesh.,” said Intiot director Prof KV Uday.
Speaking about the startup ecosystem, state industries minister Bikram Singh said, “The industries department should work more swiftly towards making the startup policy more effective.”
“Startups face several challenges after establishing themselves at various stages. Marketing their products and their servicing should be included in the new scheme,” he added.
The minister also said that the Himachal Pradesh government is running several schemes favourable to young entrepreneurs such as Mukhya Mantri Swavalamban Yojana where the youth of the state can explore their potential in creating jobs rather than searching for employment.