Thursday, May 3, 2012

Ocean Development

Minister of State in for Planning, Science And Technology Earth Sciences Dr Ashwani Kumar revealed in Lok Sabha today that an agreement has been signed with Experimental Design Bureau of Oceanological Engineering (EDBOE), Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia in 2003 for the "Development of joint technology for unmanned submersible capable of working up to 6000 meters water depth". An unmanned submersible - ROSUB 6000 was developed and tested successfully in Central Indian Ocean Basin in April 2010 at full ocean depth of 5289 meters.

In reply to a question the Minister stated that another agreement has been signed with M/s Williamson & Associates, USA in 2007 to `Develop a wire-line Autonomous Coring System (ACS) for water depth up to 3000 meters`. ACS has been developed and the deep sea trials are in progress.

The Minister further stated that budgetary allocation for the development of unmanned submersible ROSUB 6000 with M/s EDBOE, Russia and development of wire line Autonomous Coring System (ACS) with M/s Williamson Associates, USA were Rs. 1828.0 lakhs and Rs. 2724.0 lakhs, respectively.

Dr. Kumar informed the House that Budgetary allocation in the last three years for the development of unmanned submersible ROSUB 6000 with M/s EDBOE, Russia and development of wire line Autonomous Coring System (ACS) with M/s Williamson Associates, USA were nil and Rs.2324.0 lakhs, respectively.