On Thursday Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa met Defence Minister Rajanath Singh Rathore in New Delhi and requested for an independent Laboratory of the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) in Shivamogga.

The Defence Ministry has considered the Karnataka government’s proposal for establishing a Research Cell of the DRDO at Kuvempu University, but the CM Yadiyurappa quoted that Karnataka Government is expecting a fully fledged independent DRDO Laboratory in Shivamogga with scientists and technocrats. The CM further said the laboratory can explore natural remedial measures for military use from the Western Ghats region.