Monday, February 15, 2010

Missile Tests not Good for Olive Ridley Turtles, says Orissa Govt.

India’s missile tests may seem to be unavoidable and quite necessary to the Central Government but the Government of Orrisa is in fact not happy.

The reason for the spat between the centre and the state is that the country’s premiere defence research organization, DRDO is testing missiles at Wheeler's Island off the Orissa coast close to Gahirmatha, which is the mass nesting ground of Olive Ridley turtles.

The Orrisa government is fearful that if the missile tests take place between November and May, it would have an adverse impact on these creatures which are an endangered species.

According to state government officials, a letter has been despatched to the Union ministry of environment asking it to ban the missile tests from the island during this period.

The Olive Ridley turtles’ mass mating and nesting takes place in the months of November to May. Officials fear that if this is disrupted by the missile testing, the turtles may not move large distances to lay eggs or they may not come at all. This will be a calamity as their numbers are already dwindling.

It is yet to be seen if this war is won by nature or man-made ammunitions.

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