Home / News / India /  India’s first-ever ‘Night Sky Sanctuary’ to be ready by year-end in Ladakh

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 complete in over a month’s time.

“The Night Sky Sanctuary will attract tourists from across the world over to picturesque Ladakh and also boost astro-tourism in the region," the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions said.

This was stated today by Union Minister Jitendra Singh, when Ladakh Lieutenant Governor R K Mathur called on him at North Block.

This was a follow-up to the meeting held between the two in the month of September this year, when the Union Minister Jitendra Singh had announced that the setting up of India’s first-ever “Night Sky Sanctuary" in Ladakh, the Dark Sky Reserve will be completed within 3 months. The two leaders also discussed a wide range of development related issues pertaining to the Union Territory.

RK Mathur apprised Jitendra Singh about the Rozgar Mela held on 31 October 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, Jitendra Singh said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always accorded highest priority to Ladakh and other peripheral regions.

The minister appreciated the efforts of RK Mathur-led Ladakh administration in carrying out development work in various spheres in Ladakh. He assured all possible assistance of the Centre in completion of developmental projects in the UT.

Mathur informed the Jitendra Singh about the status of several public welfare and developmental projects in Ladakh.

In a unique and first-of-its-kind initiative, the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt 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. 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.

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