Due To Protests In Hawaii World’s largest telescope set up in Ladakh

Ladakh: Hawaii’s loss may turn out to be Ladakh’s gain.

After protests in Hawaii in the US against the proposed Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT) project, the largest to be built, alternative sites are being explored which includes Hanle in Ladakh.

The TMT project, aimed at studying the universe, was to be established at Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The construction was to start this year, but protests arising from the local population has stalled the process. The protests resulted from a recent Supreme court order that revoked constructional permit on procedural grounds.

Bacham Eswar Reddy, Programme Director stated that the State of Hawaii agencies are working on the permit process by following the procedure prescribed by the court. TMT is consulting with the University of Hawaii and other agencies on further matters. He maintained that Mauna Kea was still the preferred choice, but the importance of this project is so high that even other alternative sites are being considered by the project partners, both in northern and southern hemispheres. The sites being examined for technical and logistical suitability are in Chile, Hanle (Ladakh) among others.

Bacham Eswar Reddy, Programme Director stated that the State of Hawaii agencies are working on the permit process by following the procedure prescribed by the court. TMT is consulting with the University of Hawaii and other agencies on further matters. He maintained that Mauna Kea was still the preferred choice, but the importance of this project is so high that even other alternative sites are being considered by the project partners, both in northern and southern hemispheres. The sites being examined for technical and logistical suitability are in Chile, Hanle (Ladakh) among others.

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