Orissa will seek a halt to missile testing from a launch base in Bhadrak district on the state’s coast during the nesting period of endangered Olive Ridley turtles, a state wildlife official said Monday.
Expressing his displeasure over the test of Agni-III missile Sunday from a launch base at the Inner Wheeler Island at Dhamra – close to a mass nesting site – P.N. Padhi, the principal chief conservator of forest (wild life), said: “The testing should have been avoided.”
The launch site is about 200 km from here.
The island is close to Gahirmath marine sanctuary where 700,000-800,000 endangered Olive Ridley turtles nest every winter.
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