Rs. 500 crore-ship will be delivered in six months, says official

N.R. Ramesh, Deputy Director-General and Head, Natural Energy Resources, Geological Survey of India (GSI), Kolkata, said here on Tuesday that the GSI would secure a new research vessel worth Rs. 500 crore for surveying along coastal areas in the country.

He told presspersons on the sidelines of a seminar at Mangalore University that the ship which was being built in South Korea would be delivered in six months. The vessel would have state-of-the-art equipment for conducting survey and research activities. It would be used for carrying out survey in deep sea.

Mr. Ramesh was at the university to attend a seminar on coastal environment and management organised by the Department of Marine Geology at the university. He said the GSI had identified the thrust areas for taking up activities during the 12th Plan. One of the thrust areas was to explore new coal and lignite deposits in the country.

“Whatever coal we are having is of power grade with high ash content. Power coal deposits are in abundant volume.” Coking coal was inadequate and was being imported, he said.

Mr. Ramesh said the GIS had planned to map out about 5.7 lakh sq km of “obvious geological potential area”, where mineral deposits (known mineral areas) could be found.

He said the GSI, under the national geo chemical programme, was trying to map out areas where new mineral deposits were likely to be found. The GSI was conducting geo chemical mapping for finding out concentration of certain carcinogenic elements. “We already have some early results. High chloride contents in certain areas of Kerala have been found. High arsenic pollution has been found in West Bengal and surrounding areas,” he said. Mr. Ramesh said the GSI would host the International Geological Congress in 2020, which is being organised in India after 56 years. About 10,000 foreign delegates were expected to attend it.

Earlier, addressing a gathering at the seminar, he said the GIS would recruit 300 geologists during 2013 through the Union Public Service Commission.

Inaugurating the seminar, M. Sudhakar, adviser, Union Ministry of Earth Sciences, said that human activities along the coast in the country should be reduced to save coastal environment.

He said that costal environment was fragile. But human tendency was to stay close to the coast. Rise in human activities along the coast had damaged coastal environment, he said.

Search for gold in Karnataka

N. R. Ramesh, Deputy Director General and Head, Natural Energy Resources, Geological Survey of India (GSI), Kolkata, said here on Tuesday that potential areas of gold deposits in Karnataka were being explored.

Karnataka had potential for platinum and palladium deposits, Mr. Ramesh said adding that Karnataka had 135 varieties of dimensional stones.

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