Approving of LIGO-India



Approving of LIGO-India 

The Government has given in-principle approval for setting up Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) in India. The LIGO-India project will establish a state-of-the-art gravitational wave observatory on the Indian soil in collaboration with the LIGO Laboratory in the U.S. run by Caltech and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The project will bring unprecedented opportunities for our scientists and engineers to dig deeper into the realm of gravitational wave and take global leadership in this new astronomical frontier. LIGO-India will also bring considerable opportunities in cutting edge technology for the Indian industry which will be engaged in the construction of eight kilometre long beam tube at ultra-high vacuum on a levelled terrain. The LIGO-India project will be jointly co-ordinated and executed by three premier Indian lead institutions viz., the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, the Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar and the Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), Indore. Some of the Universities in the Country will also participate in the project. The XII Plan outlay for the project is Rs. 105 crore. 

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Raising of resources to Fund Nuclear Insurance Pool 

M/s General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC-Re), along with several other Indian Insurance Companies, have launched the India Nuclear Insurance Pool (INIP) with a capacity of ₹1500 crore on 12th June, 2015, to provide insurance to cover the liability as prescribed under Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage (CLND) Act 2010. 

The extent of suppliers’ liability is as stipulated in Sec.17 of CLND Act, 2010 and explained in Rule 24 of the CLND Rules, 2011. As per Section 6(2) of the CLND Act 2010, the liability of NPCIL, as the operator, for a nuclear incident will be Rs. 1500 crore. 

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Manufacturing of components of Atomic plants 

A “Programme of Action” for localisation of manufacturing in India for Russian designed nuclear power plants, was signed between Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and Russia’s Atomic Energy Corporation ‘ROSATOM’ on 24.12.2015. Under the above Programme of Action, both sides agreed to take time-bound specific steps towards finalising the details, including those related to transfer of technology, in consultation with Russian Technology Providers and Indian manufacturers for commencement of localisation in India. 

The nuclear power plants at Kudankulam are being set up on technical cooperation basis with shared scope of work between Indian and Russian sides. While construction, equipment erection and commissioning are in the Indian scope, supply of major equipment is in the Russian scope. Some of the equipment is also sourced from within the country. It is planned to progressively increase the share of indigenous supplies in future units to be set up at Kudankulam. 

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today. 

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