DRDO Gets Permission To Begin Construction Of Exclusive Missile Testing, Technical Facility In Andhra Pradesh

Nirbhay missile at the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur. (representative image)(DRDO)

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has secured environment and Coastal Regulatory Zone clearances it needed to begin the construction to set a Missile Testing Launch Facility on the Bay of Bengal coast and a Technical Facility at Gullalamoda village in Krishna village, The Hindu reports.

The EC and CRZ clearance document to the chief construction engineer (R&D)-S at DRDO, Secunderabad said: “There is confirmation from Secretary, Ministry of Defence, that this project is a strategic requirement and of national importance and cannot be located anywhere else.”

The clearance certificate added that the project is exempted from a public hearing in accordance with EIA notification 2016. The MoEFCC has, however, place 11 conditions to be fulfilled before construction begins. The conditions include preparation of Oil contingency management plan, and disaster management plan.

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According to the DRDO proposal, the project will be set up on 154.4 hectares in the Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh’s Krishna district. The project design plans reveal that the technical facility will be developed om 130.15 hectares, along with a test facility on the 6.07 hectares.

“The DRDO has already prepared a robust plan to commence the construction work. All the necessary procedures to begin the construction work have been completed,” Hindu reported citing sources.

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