Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: A. Subhananda Rao, Director, High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune, received the DRDO Technology Spin Off Award from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently for development of an ‘explosive detection kit’, capable of detecting and identifying ingredients used in blasts based on the traces left by the ingredients.

The kit costs Rs.2,000, as against an imported one costing Rs.6,000. HEMRL has prepared 2,000 kits and supplied them to various agencies at a cost of Rs.39 lakh, , resulting in enormous financial saving, according a press release issued here on Friday.

The kit is being used by police in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, AP, Assam and Tamil NaduThe award, comprises a citation and a cash award of Rs.2 lakh, is given to a lab for developing a product that has a wide civil application.

The a team of scientists including S. N. Asthana, R. K. Sinha, R.M. Roy and S. R. Nayak.