Jamshedpur, Sept. 2: Countryís first of its kind underground dark matter laboratory on fundamental physics was inaugurated at Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) at Jadugora on Saturday.
Dr SekharBasu, chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), inaugurated the lab at a depth of 555 metre at UCIL mine at Jadugoda, 30 km from here.Searches like dark matter search, neutrinoless double beta decay would be carried.
Latter talking to the newsmen Basu said, ” It is our ambitious project and we are confident to make it success. The laboratory has been set up by the UCIL and Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP), Kolkata.
Officials of UCIL informed that after closure of a similar facility at Bharat Gold Mine in Kolar (Karnataka) in early 1992, this new physics laboratory at UCIL is the first of its kind in the country.
Sharing future plans ,Basu said, the department has plans to develop four cancer hospitals on the line of Tata Memorial Hospital.
The hospitals are being planned at Vishakhapatnam , Mohali, Sangrur and at the BHU campus in Varanasi. He said a small hospital with the co-operation of the Punjab government has been established at Sangrur.
UCIL was incorporated on October 4, 1967. UCIL is a public sector enterprise under the Department of Atomic Energy. Fulfilling the requirement of Uranium, UCIL plays a very significant role in Indiaís nuclear power generation programme.
UCIL is an ISO 9001, 14001 18001 company and has adopted the latest state-of-the-art technology for its mines and process plant.
C K Asnani, chairman-cum-managing director of UCIL said, the UCIL has plans to increase the production capacity of uranium by ten-fold by 2030. Apart from its proposed mine in Rahil, Rajasthan and Gogi in Karnataka, he said the production capacity would be increased by two/three fold at Turampalle mine in Andhra Pradesh.
The public sector unit has altogether seven mines including six underground mines. These mines are Jaduguda, Bhatin, Narwapahar, Bagjata, Turamdih and Mahuldih and Banduhurang (open pit mine).
The UCIL operates two ore processing plants one each at Jadugude and Turamdih.
UCIL also has a proposal to set up additional production facilities in the vicinity of Narwapahar in East Singhbum district and modernise its Bhatin mine.