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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA Ministry of Defence DEFENCE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION
RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1584 ANSWERED ON FEBRUARY 5, 2014
QUESTION Environmental Clearance to Aeronautical Testing Range at Chitradurga1584. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:
(a) whether it is a fact that Defence Research and Development Organisation's (DRDO) project for setting up an Aeronautical testing range at Chitradurga in Karnataka has been halted by the National Green Tribunal;
(b) if so, the details thereof; and
(c) what steps have been taken or proposed to be taken by Government to restore the activities of DRDO in this regard?
ANSWER MINISTER OF DEFENCE (SHRI A.K. ANTONY)
(a) Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) is setting up an Aeronautical Test Range at Chitradurga, Karnataka which was halted by the National Green Tribunal from 21st August 2013 to 3rd September 2013.
(b) This was done to enable Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) to process the pending application of DRDO held with them. During the said period KSPCB processed the application of DRDO for 'Consent for Establishment (CFE)', and accorded the CFE to develop the Aeronautical Test Range at Varavu Kaval, Challakere Taluk, Chitradurga District, Karnataka.
(c) After the issue of CFE for Aeronautical Test Range on 3rd September 2013 by KSPCB, the work at Aeronautical Test Range has commenced as per plan.