India to pump Rs10,000 crore in Deep Sea Mission
India has embarked on an ambitious Rs 10,000-crore Deep Sea Mission, likely to commence by the year end, to explore and mine mineral wealth beneath the ocean floor, a top government official said on Tuesday.
Ministry of Earth Sciences secretary Madhavan Nair Rajeevan said that the Rs 10,000-crore project was an interministerial and interdisciplinarity project.
"It is expected to begin from end of the year," Nair said.
Speaking on the sidelines of a programme to mark the commencement of ship building by Titagarh Wagons Ltd, he said that a cabinet note on the project was under preparation.
Rajeevan said India was open for technical tie-ups with several countries in this regard.
He said that the mission intended to harness the ocean s resources in a 'responsible way' and could turn out to be a transformative step for the prosperity and security of the nation.
The project would have a huge impact for the benefit of the country's deep ocean energy, deep sea fishing and minerals among others, Rajeevan said.
The sea water desalination project of Rs 2,000 crore at Chennai coast is also taken up under the mission that aims to eliminate potable water problem for the city.