No Airport near Chilika Lake, Odisha Please...

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Chilika is one of India's largest Saltwater Lagoon. It serves a home for thousands of migratory birds and needs to be protected as it is surely an eco-sensitive area. There is no doubt that a proposal has been given to make it an amphibian airport will create devastation in the life of both birds and other endangered species that live in Chilika. We must understand how later this will affect the people also. Anybody who will visit this place will understand this place need to be kept untouched. It is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds on the Indian sub-continent. It is the largest coastal lagoon in India.  Also, we need to understand that rare and endangered Irrawaddy Dolphins are sighted in the area. Government is trying not to use motorised boats to avoid disturbance to birds and other threatened species in this area and now it is very ironic that they want to land planes here. Under Ramsar convention, Chilika Lake was designated as First Indian Wetland of International Importance in 1981.   It is sad that more that one and a half lakh fisherfolks near this area who depend on this lagoon will face the heat. It is also an income generating source for people around these areas through responsible tourism. Another thing to remember planes and birds can't go together. As an oil spill or the amount of waste that such an establishment may create will destroy species that reside in this lagoon, consider the risk of planes getting hit by birds, so the safety of the passengers is also compromised.  Prevention is better than cure. If we don't raise our voice, now it is just a proposal but it will be better to know the adverse implications so the authorities must mute this. We cry to save the natural resources of India, if we don't protect whatever is left with us soon we will have to be answerable to our future generation. Destruction of habitat for migratory birds will have ripple effects in other areas not only in India but worldwide too. This is ingrained in our culture " Atithi Devo Bhava",  which means Guests are our Gods. These birds have been our guest for centuries, is it right to betray them? #savechilika 



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