Neutrino Observatory gets green signal

Neutrino Observatory gets green signal

New Delhi: India’s most ambitious science project, which was stalled in the face of several environmental glitches, has finally got the green signal.

The environment ministry on Monday accorded crucial forest clearances to base the so-called India Neutrino Observatory (INO) at Bodi West Hills, a forest reserve in Madurai. The INO is essentially a Rs1,000 crore detector to study a class of elementary particles called neutrinos that is expected to glean new insights into the evolution of the universe and the fundamental structure of matter.

Funded by the department of atomic energy and a host of universities, the project was hanging fire since original plans to locate the project at Singara, a sensitive bioreserve in the Western Ghats, were stymied by the central environment ministry on ecological grounds. The INO now requires approval by the Cabinet to move forward.

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