The Defence Research and Development Organisation has raised objections to setting up of three proposed ports in Orissa’s Balasore district, saying these will “pose a security threat to DRDO installation”, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

In written reply to a question in the Upper House, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said, “The said area is extensively used by DRDO and armed forces for test firing of missiles and various weapons.”

The three ports were proposed at Ichudi, Chandipur and Bahabalpur in Balasore district. The DRDO has raised objections to Ichudi port on the grounds that it would be operating close to the launch complex used by it to test fire missiles.

“Movement of ships will pose a security threat to DRDO installations. Further, proposed ports fall within the notified area of DRDO and Indian Air Force (IAF) where dynamic trial and firing of unproved armament stores are bring conducted on regular basis,” Antony said.

He further added, “No specific alternate site is suggested by the DRDO.”

Meanwhile, on the Explosive Detection Kit (EDK) developed by the DRDO, the Minister said, “One United States based firm, M/s Crowe and Company has shown interest in the EDK technology developed by the DRDO. Discussions are on to sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the firm.”

“EDK has been developed on the principles of spot colour reactions and is capable of detecting and identifying explosives commonly used for destructive purpose,” he said.

The cost effective EDK can detect almost all military and civil explosives, and can be operated at the room temperature, he informed the House.

Antony confirmed that the Research and Innovation Centre (RIC) proposed by the DRDO has been shifted from Dharampuri to Chennai.