Monday, January 13, 2020

Green panel defers decision to construct Dhalbhumgarh airport

New Delhi: A green panel of the Union Environment Ministry has deferred its decision on the Airport Authority of India’s (AAI) proposal to construct a greenfield domestic airport in Dhalbhumgarh, 60 km away steel city Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, questioning its feasibility besides taking exception that the site was a habitat of the large number of elephants.

Situated at Dhalbhumgarh in Ghatshila subdivision, about 60km from the Steel City Jamshedpur, the airport is being built on an abandoned World War II airfield. The airstrip was extensively used by the armed forces during the 1962 and 1971 wars, too.

About 96.761 hectares  (239.1 Acres) of reserve forest land will be required for the development of Dhalbhumgarh airport project to be set up at the cost of Rs 100 crore.

Refusing to give go-ahead, the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Ministry in a recent meeting has sought details of forest/ecological sensitive areas around the proposed site which falls in the forests which are habitat of large number of elephants. Dalma Wildlife sanctuary is very near to the site. Elephants travel from Dalma to West Bengal through this forest. Every year there are number of man elephant conflict cases in these areas.
13/01/20 Archana Jyoti/Pioneer
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