Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Concerns raised over proposed airport

Khammam: Speakers at a meeting organised by the CPI (M) Kothagudem division committee at Punukuduchelka village in Kothagudem mandal on Tuesday expressed concern over the proposal to set up a Greenfield airport at the village, citing ‘socio-economic, environmental and livelihood’ issues.

Several speakers deplored that the move to establish an airport at the village, predominantly inhabited by tribal people, would tantamount to depriving tribal people of lands and livelihood besides violating the forest and tribal laws, according to sources.

However, they maintained that they were not opposing the airport, but only want it to come up at some other suitable site near Kothagudem, devoid of any issues.

The CPI (M) division leader Satyanarayana said the move to set up an airport at Punukuduchelka would not only displace several tribal families but also amount to violation of tribal acts.

It is mandatory to obtain the consent of tribal people of the Agency area for any such proposal as per the provisions of the Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Area (PESA) Act, 1996, he contended.
20/01/16 The Hindu
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