New Copperbelt airport under way


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.

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