India has launched ‘Samudrayan’, its first manned ocean mission.
India will thus join six other nations that are exploring the ocean depths for studies and research.
Union minister Jitendra Singh said, "India has made huge progress in science and technology and when an Indian goes up into space as part of the Gaganyaan programme, another would dive deep into the ocean."
Samudrayan project will be a part of the Rs 6,000 crore Deep Ocean Mission. The project has been undertaken by the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT).
'Matsya 6000,' the deep-sea vehicle, is capable of carrying three people.
It has an endurance of 12 hours and an additional 96 hours in case of an emergency situation.
People will be carried in a titanium alloy personnel sphere of 2.1-metre diameter enclosed space.