Details regarding re-structuring and modernization of the Geological Survey of India during the Eleventh Five Year Plan are as under:
1. Chemical laboratories were to be modernized for precision analyses with expanded analytical facilities for undertaking samples generated during geochemical mapping and other investigations;
2. Acquisition of Ocean Going Research Vessel (OGRV) fitted with modern equipments for carrying out various types of marine geosurveys and exploration in deep marine waters;
3. Acquisition of geotechnical vessel for GSI’s Marine and Coastal Survey Division;
4. Modernization of airborne geophysical surveys by procuring heliborne aero-geophysical survey system that can help in locating concealed mineral deposits; and
5. Establishment of comprehensive portal for dissemination of metadata in respect of geological mapping and regional exploration.
The steps taken for re-structuring and modernization of the Geological Survey of India during the Eleventh Five Year Plan are as under:
(i) The GSI chemical laboratories attained capability to analyze 59 elements with expanded instrumentation facilities in the form of induction of Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICPMS) and X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) machines. Electron Probe Micro-Analyzer (EPMA) machines have been installed at GSI Hyderabad and Bangalore for GSI’s research activities.
(ii) The acquisition of the Ocean Going Research Vessel is in the advanced stage of procurement for GSI. Three installments in respect of procurement have already been paid to M/s Hyundai Heavy Industries, South Korea. Expected time of delivery of the OGRV is in FY 2013-2014. It is state-of-the- art ship that can undertake survey and exploration in blue marine waters. This ship would replace the aging RV Samundra Manthan, which was commissioned in 1983.
(iii) Procurement of geotechnical vessel is in progress. Request for Proposal (RFP) has been supplied by four shortlisted shipyards. The processing of documents is continuing for the procurement of the geotechnical vessel.
(iv) The aero-geophysical sensors in respect of ‘Dhruv’ helicopter have been received and the process of installation of the same is in progress.
(v) The GSI has proceeded to install a robust Online Core Business Integrated System (OCBIS) for its portal. It would be a GIS compatible system with expanded facility for simultaneous access for data entry, management and dissemination. Expression of Interest (EOI) in this regard has been floated.
This information was given by the Minister of Mines, Shri Dinsha Patel in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
(Release ID :90304)
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