Telangana HC Stays Indian Navy’s ELF Radar Project

Telangana high court has ordered to stay Indian Navy’s Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) Radar project. This project is proposed to be set up in Damagundum reserve forest area.

“Centre and the Indian Navy cannot cut a single tree till they filed their counters on what they are proposing to do with the fragile ecosystem at Damagundam forest,” Telangana high court ordered.

This Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) Radar project is being set up by the Eastern Naval Command of Indian Navy.

“We understand the defence of the country is crucial and is an important aspect, but the environment is also our concern,” the Chief Justice said.

“Everyone knows that low frequency affects the wildlife, the flora and fauna and the forest ecology adversely. It is surprising that the forest department agreed to the idea of ELF Radar in the area without Navy obtaining environment clearance,” The Chief Justice said.

The bench posted the matter to April 15 and directed the state and Central governments, Eastern naval command to file counter affidavits on the issue.

The Telangana government has provided 2,900 acres of land to the central government in the Dammagudem reserve forest in Vikarabad district for the ELF radar centre.

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