Thursday, September 22, 2016

Land owners’ cooperation sought for airport expansion

Coimbatore: Expressing concern over the delay in acquiring 633 acres for the first phase of the airport expansion works for more than 13 years, Coimbatore International Airport Director G. Prakash Reddy sought cooperation from land owners to expedite the works.

Mr. Reddy said that the Airport Authority of India (AAI) is ready with nearly Rs. 700 crore for the expansion project. He was addressing reporters in connection with the issues pertaining to acquiring land and delay over the construction of a compound wall for the 60.95 acres of leased land.

He said that the construction of the compound wall for the leased land would commence before the end of this month. Speaking about the protest by the land owners citing delay in paying the dues, Mr. Reddy said that the talks by the district administration with landowners has been fruitful and the wall will be constructed in two months.

“Only after construction of a compound wall we will be able to utilise the space for construction,” he said.

On claims by land owners that payment of lease was due for one-and-a-half years to five years, the airport director said that lease amount will not be paid since 3(1) notification to acquire the land was issued.

The date of issuance of the notification varied from place to place between 2013 and 2014.
22/09/16 The Hindu
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