Monday, February 19, 2018

Land survey to begin for airport devpt

Thiruvananthapuram: The land survey for acquisition of 18 acres for the development of Trivandrum International Airport will begin soon as the affected locals have consented for the same.
As the social impact assessment (SIA) study in the 18 acres in Vallakadavu and Vayyamoola areas was completed, district collector K Vasuki visited the area and requested the residents in person on Sunday to permit the land survey.
The acquisition of 18 acres will fast pedal the development of existing airport with facilities for more flights to operate.
The land survey was started on November, 2017 along with the SIA study, but the residents demanded to conduct the survey only after the completion of SIA study. Hence, the survey was stopped. “We have completed the SIA study and included all the demands put forward by the affected people in the land acquisition process. It is an official record now, which will be submitted to the government, following the review by expert committee. The residents need to cooperate with the land survey to form a rehabilitation package for the evictees. There need to be a record on the type of land, number of residents with and without title deeds and people who own land but, do not live here. We need to complete the land survey to compile the data. We hope to begin the land survey soon,” said K Vasuki, during her meeting with the residents.
In the two-hour-long meeting held at Vallakadavu, the residents expressed their apprehension on compensation and loss of livelihood due to the eviction for land acquisition. Many among the residents also spoke about the lack of title deed in the land, where they had been staying for past 15 years.
Clearing all apprehensions on compensation and rehabilitation, district collector said that the compensation will be based on market price of the land and other demands such as house and job at the airport will be considered.
19/02/18 Times of India