Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Hubli airport land acquisition may take 6-8 months

Hubli: The process of acquiring 650 acres of additional land for expansion of the Hubli airport to an international facility will take at least six to eight months after a notification for the same is issued by the government.
Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) will be the agency for land acquisition. Work on upgrading the airport will start only after the land is handed over to Airports Authority of India (AAI) and hence, cannot be expected to be ready before January 2008.
During a preliminary survey of the area identified in the AAI master plan for the expansion project last week, district revenue officials found that a total of 155 houses will have to be demolished in colonies in the vicinity of the existing airport.
Deputy commissioner M S Shrikar, who recently held a meeting with owners of the affected houses, said there may be slight variation in the exact number of houses to be acquired after a detailed survey on the basis of the notification.
11/12/06 M L Kapur/Times of India
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