Monday, March 19, 2018

570 acres will be acquired for airport expansion: Collector

Salem: The airport at Kaamalapuram on the outskirts of the city will be expanded and about 570 acres will be acquired for the same, said District Collector Rohini R. Bhajibakare.

The Collector inspected the airport on Sunday in the wake of the re-introduction of flight services under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) of UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagarik) scheme. Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami is expected to inaugurate the inaugural Salem – Chennai flight service on March 25.

The Collector told presspersons that order for launching the works for the expansion of the airport had already been received. The district administration had taken initiative for acquiring as much government land as possible for the expansion works.
At present, the preliminary work of conducting survey of the lands needed for the expansion work alone was being done.

The Chief Minister had directed the district authorities to ensure maximum compensation as per the government norms for the private lands being acquired for the project.

The Collector said that the district administration would soon hold discussion with the farmers and the residents of the villages surrounding the airport to seek their views for acquiring the land for the expansion project.
The views of the farmers would be considered sympathetically.

Sithanathan, Airport Director, V. Panneerselvam, MP, S. Semmalai, MLA, Senthil Raja, head-commercial, Turbo Megha Airways Private limited, were present on the occasion.

The Trujet, Hyderabad-based Turbo Megha Airways, is all set to connect Salem to Chennai. According to the timings available here, the flight will leave Chennai at 9.50 a.m. and will reach Salem at 10.40 a.m. In the return direction, the flight will leave Salem at 11 a.m. and will reach Chennai at 11.50 a.m.
19/03/18 The Hindu