Port Louis. For the last few months, Agalega Island, located in Mauritius of the Indian Ocean, is in discussion. In many international media reports, Agalega Island has been described as India’s military base. It is true that India is developing the Agalega island of Mauritius. The airstrip on this island has been expanded a few days ago, but the Indian Army and the government have not issued any official statement on whether India is building a military base here.
In fact, Al Jazeera has claimed in its report that India is building a military base on Agalega Island. The report even claimed that military experts analyzed evidence gathered by Al Jazeera’s investigative unit. He says an airstrip under construction at Agalega will almost certainly be used by the Indian Navy for maritime patrol missions.
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Where is Aglega Island?
Agalega is a group of two islands located about 1,100 km from the main island of Mauritius. Its northern island is 12.5 km long and 1.5 km wide, while the southern island is 7 km long and 4.5 km wide. An airstrip remains on its northern island, Vingt Cinq. About 300 people live on this island spread over 6400 acres. The main business of these people is coconut farming and fishing.
In fact, India has also built several jetties to stop ships and boats on the shores of the island. On this basis, many international think tanks and media organizations are calling it the military base of India.
India had signed an agreement in Mauritius in 2015.
India had signed an agreement in 2015 to upgrade facilities on Agalega Island in Mauritius. Since then work is going on to develop infrastructure on this island. The agreement includes the establishment and upgradation of infrastructure to improve sea and air connectivity on the island. Apart from this, there was also an agreement to train the Mauritian army for the protection of mutual maritime interests around the island.
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India has to do this work under the agreement
A jetty was to be built under this project. In addition, it was agreed to build an airport terminal in addition to the reconstruction and expansion of the runway on the north island of Agalega. The total cost of this project is $87 million, which is financed by India. The main objective of India through this project is to increase the capability of Mauritius’s security forces.
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