Work on India’s first-ever night sky sanctuary in Ladakh will be over in a month’s time: Jitendra Singh

A view of the stars and Milky Way in front of the highest Telescope during the night at Hanle in Ladakh. File. | Photo Credit: RV MOORTHY

The work on India’s first night sky sanctuary in Ladakh will be completed in over a month’s time, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Friday.

The night sky sanctuary will attract tourists from across the world over to picturesque Ladakh and also boost astro-tourism in the region, he said during a meeting with Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, RK Mathur, who had called on him at North Block here.

“The work on India’s first-ever night sky sanctuary, being set up by CSIR under Union Ministry of Science & Technology, in Ladakh’s Hanle is going on in full swing and shall be completed in over a month’s time,” said Mr. Singh, the Minister of State for Personnel.

It will boost astro tourism in India and will be one of the world’s highest-located sites for optical, infra-red, and gamma-ray telescopes, a statement issued by the Personnel Ministry said.

Friday’s meeting was a follow-up to the one held between the two in September this year, when the Union Minister had announced that the setting up of India’s first-ever “night sky sanctuary” in Ladakh.

The two leaders also discussed a wide range of development related issues pertaining to the Union Territory, it said.

Mr. Mathur apprised the Union Minister about the Rozgar Mela held on October 31, in Ladakh where the UT administration gave away appointment letters to around one thousand local youth, furthering the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to give jobs to the deserving youth of the country.

While discussing the various projects, Mr. Singh said, Prime Minister Modi has always accorded highest priority to Ladakh and other peripheral regions.

In a unique and first-of-its-kind initiative, the Department of Science & Technology (DST), government of India, has undertaken to set up India’s first-ever “night sky sanctuary” in Ladakh.

The proposed dark sky reserve will be located at Hanle in Ladakh as a part of Changthang wildlife sanctuary, the statement said.

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