“Due to the arrival of the pandemic and other factors, winter seems to have a long way to go, but we are not too far away. For us, to resume on-site construction activities, spend the winter in Mauna Kea province. It’s not feasible,” Squires told reporters. TV station.
He told Honolulu star advertisers that it would take at least three months to start construction at the best time. He said, but bringing in equipment and personnel from the continental United States may now require twice the preparation time.
However, Squires said that the consortium behind the $2.4 billion (approximately Rs 18,032 crore) project is still committed to Hawaii.
Some universities in California and Canada plan to build a 30-meter telescope on the top of the mountain with partners from China, India and Japan.
Native Hawaiian activists blocked the road to the top of the mountain last year, preventing the building from moving forward. They said that the summit of Mauna Kea is sacred and that the new observatory will further contaminate the site, which already has several telescopes built in recent decades. Law enforcement has arrested dozens of elderly people who participated in the demonstrations.
Kealoha Pisciotta, one of the leaders of the Telescope Wars, said she felt sad about the consortium’s new plan.
“Although it gives us some breathing space, it still means that we have to wait a year before we can continue to desecrate our mountain,” the Associated Press told reporters.
She said that she is happy that TMT will not take action during the pandemic.
In March, fearing the spread of the coronavirus, protesters camped in Mauna Kea to stop construction activities, demolished their big tents and left. Pisciotta said there are still some protesters.
She still said that TMT’s intention to continue construction in the future means that “the human and civil rights of the Hawaiian people will continue to be violated, and our elders will continue to be arrested.”
The team behind TMT chose the Canary Islands in Spain as a backup site for the observatory.
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