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CDA opposes water aerodrome project in Chilika

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Bhubaneswar: The proposed water aerodrome in Chilika lake faced another hurdle with the Chilika Development Authority (CDA) on Thursday opposing the move citing that the project would damage the eco-system of the lake.

The development authority stated that the water aerodrome project will disturb the visiting of migratory birds and dolphin population of the largest brackish water lagoon. Besides, about 2 lakh fishermen who are dependent on the lake would lose their livelihood.

In a five-point statement, the CDA apprised the state government about their concern and said the sea aerodrome on Chilika lake is impossible as per the law.

Earlier, revenue and disaster minister Maheswar Mohanty and former minister Sanjay Das Burma had opposed the proposal of water aerodrome facility in Chilika lake citing similar reasons.

Earlier, on August 11, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had given approval for construction of water aerodromes in order to start regular seaplane services in the country. In the first phase, Chilka Lake (Odisha), Sabarmati River Front & Sardar Sarovar Dam (Gujarat) were identified for construction of the water aerodrome.

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