Rutland Island

  • It is in South Andaman
  • It will be developed as DRDO’s long range missile testing facility
  • DRDO has been seeking the approval for the test facility since 2012
  • Island is very rich in Marine life
  • The project was continuously stalled by the environment ministry as the project involves diversion of 49.978 acres forest land, of which 0.84 ha falls in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park and 49.138 ha reserve forest within 10km of the Eco Sensitive Zone. 
  • National Board of Wildlife as given its approval now due to strategic importance of the project.

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