India to build Rs 1200 crore vessel for high tech research, continental shelf study
India is poised to build its first high-tech high seas research vessel at a cost of around Rs 1,200 crore for exploration and it would also be used for efforts to secure the nation’s plateau. additional legitimate continental, an official summit said here on Saturday. This is the first time that such a deep sea vessel, with advanced capabilities such as a function of sending seismic signals to the depths of the ocean, would be built in India.
The new ship, as part of the Make in India initiative and the Deep Ocean mission, is expected to be completed in three years from the date the order is placed, he said. The shipyard has yet to be finalized, but it should be done by next March, Earth Sciences Ministry secretary Ravichandran told reporters aboard the ORV (Oceanic Research Vessel ) Sagar Nidhi.
Union State Minister of Science and Technology Jitendra Singh sailed to Sagar Nidhi from the port of Chennai on Saturday and interacted with scientists on various projects. On Friday, he launched India’s first manned ocean mission, “Samudrayan” here. Sagar Nidhi is a leading research vessel of the National Institute of Ocean Technology. The new vessel is intended for such purposes as study and resource exploration, oceanography and would also include radar, seismic components and it could study characteristics of the seabed. “We have the approval. We have to start now. We did a design. ” An important aspect of the proposed vessel is that its seismic components could send seismic signals to understand the properties of rocks, soil, all of the seabed that would help determine the presence of minerals, oil, hydrothermal vents and so on, the official said, answering a question. Seismic sensors or equipment may need to be imported, however, and the usefulness of radar includes forecasting cyclones.
The proposed new vessel, which would cost around Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,200 crore, also replaces the 38-year-old ORV Sagar Kanya.
The central government had approved the high seas mission to be implemented by the Ministry of Earth Sciences for a total budget of Rs 4,077 crore for 5 years.
Ravichandran said the Indian continental shelf now extends for 200 nautical miles and to claim beyond it a sediment thickness of around one kilometer (depth) to validate its Indian origin inland must be established in accordance to the United Nations convention. Seismic signaling in the proposed vessel, to be integrated into the hull, would help establish the sediment extension of the interior region of India, he added.
“Now we’re trying to establish the thickness of the sediment beyond 200 nautical miles. We want to prove that the sediments left India (including the Himalayas) and that they (indication of seabed / underwater areas) belong to India, ” he said.
In the west, “we have already claimed roughly an area the size of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.” The Territorial Waters, Continental Shelf, Exclusive Economic Zone and Other Maritime Areas Act 1976 said “India has and always had full and exclusive sovereign rights over its continental shelf.” land territory to the outer edge of the continental margin or a distance of 200 nautical miles from the baseline.
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