Thursday, December 31, 2015

Civil Aviation Ministry gives site clearance for Bhogapuram airport

The stage is all set for the commencement of works on the proposed international airport at Bhogapuram in Vizianagaram District. The airport, according to senior officials, received the Union Civil Aviation Ministry’s site clearance at a meeting held at New Delhi on Monday.

The airport, which is being fiercely opposed by the locals, has already received necessary clearances from the Defence Ministry.

“The project received in principle nod from the Union Government. We will receive a written order in a week,” a senior official who made a power-point presentation on the benefits of the project to the Union Ministry said.

The Government had initially proposed the Bhogapuram aerotropolis comprising the international airport, maintenance, repair and overhaul facility and aviation academy in a sprawling 15,000 acre site. Bhogapuram international airport is one among the three Greenfield airports proposed in the State while similar projects are proposed at Kuppam and Dagadurthi.

There was, however, strong opposition from the locals who received support from the CPI (Marxist) and the YSR Congress Party. The CPI (M) has said that the proposed project would ruin the lives of the locals and that there was no truth in the Government’s claims that the proposed airport would generate huge number of jobs.
30/12/15 M.Rajeev/The Hindu
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