New Delhi : Union Minister for Earth Sciences Jitendra Singh on Wednesday announced that the government will soon unveil its ‘Blue Economic Policy’.
An estimated 40 million people will be employed by ocean based industries by 2030, he said at an event organized on the occasion of World Oceans Day at the Ministry Headquarters here. The Deep Ocean Mission is part of our ambition to explore the limitless possibilities of the ocean. The result is. The mineral wealth hidden in the sea, the thermal energy that is in the sea water, can give new heights to the development of the country.
He said, R&D and exploration activities in the Amrit period will be an important hallmark of India’s economy in the next 25 years, when it turns 100. Like we have the Ministry of Earth Sciences, 20 years from now we will have oceans. Industry Ministry. Stating that the tests for both space and maritime manned missions have reached the advanced stage and the unique feat will be achieved, most likely in the second half of 2023.
Singh said, Sea trials of a 500m rated shallow water version of the manned submarine are expected in the early part of 2023, followed by Matsya 6000, a deep water manned submarine which will be ready for trials by the second quarter of 2024. The Minister also interacted with academicians, students, officials and common citizens, who undertook a coastal clean-up drive in the nine maritime districts of Kerala and the Chennai coastline. He appreciated the efforts of the Vice Chancellors, PRIs and Corporations to collect single use plastic, electronic and medical scrap during beach clean-up operations at 10 locations on the occasion of World Oceans Day.
Earth Sciences Secretary M. Ravichandran said, India’s 7,517-km-long coastline contributes to ecological richness, biodiversity and economy. But every year thousands of tonnes of waste which includes plastics, glass, metals, sanitation, clothing etc., reach the oceans and plastics contribute to a large proportion of the total waste that ends up in the ocean.