Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Delayed Indefinitely in Hawaii

Published By : 21 Apr 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

The construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope has been delayed third time on the Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii. Further, there is no official announcement of date for the construction to resume.

As per spokesperson for the project, there is lot of conversation and speculation among stakeholders for the construction to resume. The governor also said, that any further delay in the project would be looked upon at TMT Observatory Corp and that the non-profit organization has the legal rights to construct the US$1.4 billion structure.

The governor further added, TMT had followed a seven year planning and permits process also inclusive of community input and public hearings. En suite, TMT received project permits pertaining to which TMT team is at discretion to carry on the construction process.

He further added, not everyone favors the telescope construction project and he also respects the rights of the opponents of the project to appeal to the court. In the last one month, protestors have continued their presence on the top of the Big Island for a continuous 24 hrs. About 31 protestors were arrested in the beginning of the month for blocking way of the construction workers.

The project has received backing from governments of China, Canada, India, and Japan which would be 14th such telescope project for Mauna Kea. The features of the telescope include more than nine times power to gather light than the best telescopes available today.  The telescope will enable astronomers to view planet formation and birth of stars. 
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