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India is investigating the possibility of building an underground physics laboratory to study neutrinos, which would use a huge slab of magnetised iron to detect the particles.

The project — which would be carried out with international participation — would cost at least 2.5 billion rupees (US$54 million).

To kick-start the initiative India is spending US$1 million on a feasibility study, to be completed in mid-2004. If all goes to plan, the proposed India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) could be operational by 2010.

Link to Nature news story

Reference: Nature 423, 909 (2003)