A DRAFT resettlement action plan for 2,000 people displaced in Chichele forest to pave way for construction of a new Copperbelt international airport in Ndola has been developed.
Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL) communications and brand manager Mweembe Sikaulu confirmed the development through a press query.
Ms.Sikaulu said a special task force was formulated to spearhead all processes related to the Copperbelt International Airport and the key among those was development of the resettlement action plan.
She said a demographic survey was conducted by the Forestry Department, Copperbelt Province, in order to ascertain the number of people currently settled in the area earmarked for the new airport.
She indicated that the resettlement action plan involves the marking out and beaconing of 2,000 hectares of land.
Ms.Sikaulu said the task force has since completed beaconing the outer 2,000 hectares in question and the inner 1,000 hectares perimeters.
She said the report was likely to be ready next month, indicating that the activity is being undertaken by a team from the Ministry of Agriculture (Technical Services Branch), Forest Department and the Ndola City Council.
She said the preparatory activities for the construction of the Copperbelt International Airport are still underway.