Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Shillong airport runs into land trouble

Shillong: The runway expansion project for Shillong airport is yet to cross land acquisition hurdles.
The project, which was put on the priority list during the 65th North Eastern Council (NEC) plenary session in May, has not been taken up since the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has not submitted its detailed project report, said R. Muivah, secretary of the nodal agency for the development of the region.
“It (AAI) says it cannot submit the DPR since there are still some land disputes and 2-3 land owners have not been paid their compensation,” he added.
The NEC secretary also assured that the council would arrange for funds for the project worth around Rs 184 crore from other sources.
Reacting to a query on introducing more flights from the airport to other parts of the country, Muivah said the connectivity would improve largely once the regional aerial connectivity scheme is implemented where the Centre would provide funds on a 90:10 ratio.
28/12/16 Shillong Times
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