In an effort to emulate the success of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Centre has drawn up a five-year, ₹8,000 crore plan to explore the deep recesses of the ocean.
The Union Earth Sciences Ministry — tasked with coordinating the exercise has unveiled a blueprint of the ‘Deep Ocean Mission (DOM)’. The report notes that among the key deliverables to achieve these goals are an offshore desalination plant that will work with tidal energy. It also includes developing a submersible vehicle that can go to a depth of at least 6,000 metres with three people on board. The mission proposes to explore the deep ocean similar to the space exploration started by ISRO about 35 years ago.
The focus will be on technologies for deep-sea mining, underwater vehicles, underwater robotics and ocean climate change advisory services, among other aspects.