Odisha’s ruling BJD opposes water aerodrome in Chilika

Bhubaneswar: After the Centre approved a proposal for construction of water aerodrome in Chilika to promote tourism, Odisha’s ruling BJD opposed the project citing that the move may cause harm to biodiversity of the lake.

The proposed water aerodrome will affect the marine ecosystem of Chilika, which is the largest saltwater lake of Asia, said senior BJD leader Sanjay Das Burma here today.

He urged the Centre for reconsidering the proposal to save the ecosystem in the brackish water lagoon.

His statement came just hours after BJD MP Tathagata Satpathy strongly reacted to the proposed the central project for construction of infrastructure for regular seaplanes in Chilika.

Taking to microblogging site Twitter, he wrote:

Notably, Centre has identified five States — Odisha, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Assam — for the development of water aerodromes. Chilika is among one of the first water aerodromes to get in-principle approval from the Union government last week.

For the first phase of the project, the infrastructure will be constructed in Chilka Lake (Odisha), Sabarmati River Front & Sardar Sarovar Dam (Gujarat).

The move will promote tourism as well as connect places of religious importance, said Union Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu on Twitter.

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