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Landing of a seaplane at Chilika water left everyone confused and stunned

Chilika:16/9/18: Following cancellation of proposed water aerodrome project at Chilika, landing of a seaplane on lake water left everyone confused and stunned here.

The villagers around the Chilika Lake, Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon, were panicked after hearing loud noise coming out from the seaplane flying in the sky and it landed on the water at Chilika sea mouth on Saturday afternoon.

The locals of Arakhkuda and Sanapatna villages who were witnessing the sight became speechless. The fishermen at Chilika Lake were frightened after the plane landed on the water.

Sources said that neither the local administration nor police were informed about seaplane landing and purpose behind it.

“The seaplane landed at 1.30 pm on Chilika Lake and it was creating loud noise,” said Rabi Narayan Behera and Pradip Behera, the residents of Arakhkuda village.

However, the plane took off after 10-15 minutes of staying on water in floating position, they added.

Besides them, some other locals identified as Gamha Behera, Ram Behera, Agadhu Behera of Sanapatna village and few fishermen also witnessed the seaplane landing at Nanganashi Mouth of Chilika.

The incident was reported after Centre dropped the proposed water aerodrome project at the Chilika Lake after drawing flak from various quarters.

The Chilika Development Authority (CDA) informed the media, saying the Airports Authority of India (AAI) cancelled the seaplane project in the lake citing “if implemented, will negatively impact the ecosystem and the surrounding human population”.

The AAI decided to shelve the project following environmentalists and the Chilika Development Authority (CDA) raised objections citing “ecological” hazards.

In June, the AAI had announced to set up aerodrome projects in Odisha, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Assam. Chilika in Odisha was the preferred site. A team of experts from the Centre had visited the area and conducted a study after the civil aviation ministry had given its nod to the Chilika proposal.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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