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CDA opposes sea aerodrome on Chilika

6/09/2018 at 7:53 PM

Bhubaneswar: The Chilika Development Authority (CDA) has opposed the Centre’s move citing that the project is likely to cause irreversible damage to the eco-system of the largest brackish water lake and affect livelihood of fishermen community.

The CDA today apprised the State government that proposed project would also disturb immensely the migratory birds and dolphin. As many as 2 lakh fishermen who are directly dependant on the lake for livelihood would be affected. So, sea aerodrome on Chilika lake is impossible as per law, it stated.

The lake spread over Puri, Kharda and Ganjam districts of the State.

Earlier, Brahmagiri MLA and former Minister Sanjay Dasburma, environment experts also had opposed the Centre’s move citing similar reasons.

On August 11, with an eye on boosting tourism and creating jobs the Union Civil Aviation Ministry approved a pilot proposal to set up at least five water aerodromes – an area of open water used for landing seaplanes and amphibious aircraft – across the country.

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