Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences recently chaired the first-ever high-level Steering Committee meeting of Deep Ocean Mission.


About the Deep Ocean Mission

  • It is a mission-mode project to support the Blue Economy Initiatives of the Government of India.
  • It is a high-level multi-ministerial, multi-disciplinary programme for a better understanding of the deep sea living and non-living resources of the Indian Ocean.
  • It will aid in India’s efforts to attain the Blue Economy status.
  • It aims to develop technologies to harness living and non-living resources from the deep oceans.
  • The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) will be the nodal Ministry implementing this multi-institutional Mission.
  • The estimated cost of the Mission will be 4077 crores for a period of 5 years (2021-26) to be implemented in a phase-wise manner.
  • The Mission consists of six major components —
      • Development of Technologies for Deep Sea Mining and Manned Submersible and Underwater Robotics;
      • Development of Ocean Climate Change Advisory Services;
      • Technological innovations for exploration and conservation of deep-sea biodiversity;
      • Deep Ocean Survey and Exploration;
      • Energy and freshwater from the Ocean;
      • Advanced Marine Station for Ocean Biology;