A renowned physicist and 2004 Nobel laureate David Gross asserted at a prologue in Ahmedabad’s Vibrant Gujarat summit that India is not moving fast enough on major scientific projects. This is due to political and legal delays. He pointed out this with respect to the stalled India Neutrino Observatory that was proposed to come up in the state of Tamil Nadu. India Neutrino Observatory is to be a massive underground detector of subatomic particles and is to come up in an ecologically-fragile zone. However, and has invited criticism by activist groups.

Scientists however cleared all the speculations regarding the fact that the detector was not a threat to the environment, the detector is yet to get clearances from the state. David Gross state that “India had to go beyond being a minor collaborator in big science research projects and take the lead but there have been inexcusable political and legal delays. China is fast seizing these opportunities.”

He also referred to the government’s approval last year on having an observatory of India based arm to detect gravitational waves, called LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory). The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi made an announcement in support for LIGO India, last February but there’s been little progress, such as a decision on the location of the detector, since. Gross said that ” I don’t see (India’s) hurdles as environmental but from lack of strong political will. Withdrawal of currency may be good or bad but PM Modi has gone ahead and done it.”