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Top Story: A major TMT (Thirty Meter Telescope) partner wants to move the project to an alternative site.
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Content supplied by reporter Michael Brestovansky of the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald.”
Accessed on 23 January 2020, 0345 UTC, Post 20165.
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The call for relocation of the TMT is coming from Ashutosh Sharma, the secretary of India’s Department of Science and Technology. Because of the protests by Native Hawaiians and the uncertainty of the project, Sharma feels “there could be future agitation” even if the long-delayed Thirty Meter Telescope proceeds.
According to reporter Michael Brestovansky, the next-favored location for the TMT would be in the Canary Islands governed by Spain.
“If the project were to be moved, the most likely secondary choice would be the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands. While TMT officials have secured some of the necessary paperwork to build on La Palma, they said in November that Maunakea remains their preferred site.”
Representatives of the project partners are expected to meet in February. Eswar Reddy, program director for the India TMT Coordination Center, told The Hindu that “by this year, we have to take a firm call on where the project has to be located.”
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