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DRDO raises objections to three proposed ports in Orissa

DRDO 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.



New Delhi: 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.

PTI

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