India stakes claim to addl EZ in Arabian sea, Bay of Bengal
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 00:26
Panaji: India has staked its claim over additional exclusive economic zone in Arabian sea and Bay of Bengal which would be used to explore the resources beneath them, Union Minister Prithviraj Chavan said today.

Addressing media-persons here, Union Minister for Science and Technology Chavan said India has put its claim with the UN for 0.6 million square kilometres of additional exclusive economic zones in West and East coasts.

The location on West coast is almost 200 nautical miles off Mumbai's shore, said Chavan, who is in the state to visit National Antarctic and Ocean Research Centre (NAORC) and National Institute of Oceanography, two of India's premier research laboratories.

"The exclusive economic zone areas are available depending on the landmass. If you have 3.3 million square kilometres of land mass, then you are entitled for equal land in the sea basin," he said.

The Minister said sediments washed from the river and piled up in the sea basin create rich mineral resource, which is the future energy source.

India will chart out its additional exclusive economic zone based on the sediments washed from Indus river in the Arabian sea and Ganga in Bay of Bengal, he said.

Chavan said the UN will have to take call on India's claim for additional exclusive economic zone.


First Published: Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 00:26

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