Friday, July 14, 2017

Airport authority submits new proposal

Malappuram: As the authorities of Calicut International Airport has submitted a proposal for the runway development by acquiring a minimum land of 168 acres, the stand of government on the land acquisition is crucial in resolving the delay in airport development works.
Earlier the airport and civil aviation authorities demanded total of 485 acres for the runway development and terminal expansion works. The government had granted administrative sanction for the acquisition of 485 acres in October last year. However, the land acquisition process was hindered by strong protests from local people.
In the backdrop of the protest and the indefinite delay of the development works, the secretary of state transport department had sought a proposal with minimum required land for the runway development works of the airport, from airport authorities and civil aviation secretary.
As a reply to this, the airport director has submitted a proposal to the transport secretary that the runway can be developed by acquiring 168 acres. The final decision regarding the proposal is depending upon the policy decision of the state government.
As per the existing proposal which was approved by Airport Authority of India (AAI) and civil aviation department, a total of 485 acres is required for the airport development works, including 137 acres for terminal expansion, 248.3 acres of land for the runway development works and 100 acre land for the rehabilitation works. As per the latest proposal suggested by the airport authorities, only runway expansion works can be carried out by acquiring a minimum area of 168 acres, without carrying out the terminal expansion works and parallel taxi-way construction works.
13/07/17 Times of India