Up-gradation project of Chandragadhi airport faces local protest

The locals at Jhapa started protest against Civil Aviation Authority of Chandragadhi for acquiring 12 bigha lands for the expansion project of Chandragadhi airport in two years.

Local people became more furious when the authority stopped the land business from buying and selling land.

Local started protest with the demand saying “Whether return our lands or give us proper land compensation.”

Deep Limbu, committee member stated that the land should not be evaluated less of the 30 lakhs or the authority had to return their land back. He said that locals have been affected with the injustice.

The land of 50 families and 5 houses at Bhadrapur municipality ward no.8 and 9 were acquired by the authority for the expansion of airport.

Local repeatedly have been informing through written form and verbal to Bhadrapur municipality, District Administration office and Civil Aviation Authority of Chandragadhi. However, the authority has been ignoring according to them.

Local people warned that the announcement will be done to disrupt the flight operation at airport if the demand does not get fulfilled.

In the other side, Purna Chudel, chief of Chandragadhi airport stated that a meeting will be held between local people and District Administration office to find alternate ways. He also said that the initiated project should not be stopped.

The upgrading work of Chandragadhi airport located at Jhapa has been started. Necessary preparations are underway for introducing night flight operation at the airport to serve passengers from India, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

The improvement of Chandragadhi airport, which is one of the busiest domestic airports in the Eastern part of the country has been increasingly intensified.

Sanjeev Gautam, Director General of CAAN already informed that the airport will be equipped with necessary infrastructures to initiate night flights from 1st January 2019.

The construction work has been speeded up at Chandragadhi airport for day and night flight service under the instrument flights rule. The capacity of the waiting room has also been increased in view of increase in the flow of passengers at the airport. There has also been arrangement of free WiFi, garden and Children Park at the airport periphery. Similarly, parking area is also being expanded as the flights frequency has increased lately.

Currently, 8 aircraft operate flights daily and around 1000 passengers daily take service through this airport.

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