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Work on NIO’s shore-based labs to begin soon

Visakhapatnam: The construction of National Institute of Oceanography’s (NIO) shore-based laboratories between Sagarnagar and Rushikonda is expected to commence within a fortnight. The NIO is waiting for the final nod as well as release of funds from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Although the foundation stone for the Rs 35 crore was laid early last year, the paperworks are yet to be completed for the civil works to begin.

Principal scientist and director of NIO, Visakhapatnam, VSN Murty said, “We are expecting the final nod from CSIR and GVMC within a fortnight. Then we can get going with the construction works. There would be two laboratories — one facing the sea and the other behind the hill. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is the consultant for the project and is preparing the estimates. The design works have also been done. We are also awaiting the funds to be released by CSIR.”
The laboratories that would come up on a 3.25-acre land at the foothills dotting the Beach Road are supposed to be world-class laboratories of the only ocean research institute on the eastern coast. It is expected to be completed within two years. The laboratories are extremely important as out of 38 CSIR-run institutions in the country, NIO is the only one in entire AP that has the second longest sea coast after Gujarat and the Bay of Bengal has great impact on climate and hydrology of a region.

“The laboratories would be designed in a way to house seawater parks. The seawater intake mechanism would enable us to carry out investigations and continuous monitoring of marine biological activity with reference to marine coastal pollution and climate change. It would also undertake studies on atmosphere-coastal ocean interaction,” Murty said.