Imphal, India: In a first of its kind, Twin Otter, a Canadian made British Multi Sensor Aircraft would be used for surveying the presence of minerals in Manipur particularly in Ukhrul and Chandel district.
According to sources from Commerce and Industries Department, Government of Manipur, the 7th session of the Central Geological Programming Board was held at the Remote Sensing and Airborne Survey (RSAS), Bangalore.
The meeting resolved to survey areas in Manipur and Nagaland where mineral deposits are expected to be found under the supervision of Geological Survey of India (GSI).
Accordingly, GSI has sent an application to the Union Defense Ministry for approval on implementing the resolution of the meeting.
The approval of the Union Defense Ministry is likely to arrive by March, 2013. By then, the Twin Otter, a multi sensor aircraft which is capable of performing multi tasks would be pressed into service for surveying presence of minerals in Ukhrul and Chandel districts of Manipur.
There have been reports of possible presence of various precious minerals like Platinum, Uranium in Ukhrul district, sources said.
Sources explained that ”Twin Otter”, the Multi Sensor Aircraft, which is equipped with specially designed sensor ability to recognise presence of mineral ores inside the ground while flying low to the ground.
Apart from taking reports from its sensors, the aircraft would also be recording the photographs of the surface of the earth which could help in analysing them minutely after converting the images into three dimensional formats.
The reports obtained from the Heliborne survey would be compared with the survey done on the surface of the earth and the minerals, thus detected, during the survey would be examined carefully for identification.