Navyâ€™s Karwar project gets green nod for Phase-II Published June 10, 2014 | By admin SOURCE: TNN Indian Navyâ€™s ambitious naval infrastructure project â€” Seabird in Karwar (Phase-II) â€” has got environment clearance under the new government. Another project, setting up a radar station at Narcondum Island off the Andaman coast, will get the governmentâ€™s green nod soon, environment minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday. â€œSeabird is a very significant projectâ€¦ Mumbai is a target as well. An alternative is required and that is why it is a very ambitious project of strategic importance. That too was pending. We have sanctioned it,â€ Javadekar said. Project Seabird (Karwar naval base) will be one of the largest naval bases of India and will be completed in two phases. It will house various warships including Indiaâ€™s largest warship and aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. Noting that environment was not a â€œone-way trafficâ€, Javadekar said he has decided to give priority to pending defence projects as he thought that if country was secure, then environment will be secure and people will be safe. â€œThat is why I gave priority to them and started seeing files and many of them I have approved as well,â€ he said while briefing reporters at the Indian Womenâ€™s Press Corps. Giving examples of other pending projects which his ministry is taking up on a priority basis, he said if one goes beyond Andamans, there is Coco Island which is under Myanmarâ€™s occupation but most of the infrastructure there is of China. â€œJust in front of that island, there is our Narcondum Island. A radar station has to be established on that island in which 8-10 employees will be stationed. There is no other thing which will create disturbance in the natural environment thereâ€¦ And if China is sitting in front and is doing something and we canâ€™t even monitor, the country cannot run like that. So these kinds of projects which are of importance to the countryâ€™s security, we have started clearing on a priority basis,â€ Javadekar said. He said many projects like establishment of posts for Coast Guard too had been pending for years and the ministry has started taking up such projects as well as giving importance to keep the long coastline of the country secure especially after the Mumbai attacks.