Chandrapur airport project clearance stalled over tiger corridor concerns

Chandrapur – The construction of the Chandrapur greenfield airport has hit a hurdle after the nodal officer of the Maharashtra forest department stalled clearances for the project recently over concerns for the tiger population in the area.

The Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation (MADC), appointed by the state government in 2018 as the nodal agency to develop Vidarbha’s first greenfield airport catering to Q-400, A-320, and smaller aircraft, said that combined with Covid-19 related issues, stalling the project would mean an overall delay of 10 months for basic execution.

Located at Murti village, 32km from Chaprala Wildlife Sanctuary, 38km from the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) buffer, and 26km away from to the proposed 265 sqkm Kanhargaon wildlife sanctuary (KWS) in Gondpipri tehsil, the proposed airport across 340 hectares (ha) would lead to the destruction of 3,817 trees and diversion of 75 hectares (ha) of forest land. The area is part of a tiger corridor identified by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun.

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