Monday, October 30, 2017

Greenfield airport likely in Nalanda

Patna: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Monday proposed to develop a greenfield airport at Rajgir in Nalanda district. A presentation in this regard was made by Centre for Environment Planning and Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad, at a meeting between Union civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and chief minister Nitish Kumar here on Monday.
Speaking on the sidelines of Monday meeting, AAI member (planning) Sudhir Raheja said: "The greenfield airport in Nalanda is proposed over 936 acre land. The CEPT has proposed to develop it through town planning scheme (TPS). The state government appreciated the proposal and further modalities will be worked upon."
TPS is an area planning technique on the concept of land readjustment. The government need not acquire land for developing infrastructure, but the landowners themselves are made stakeholders. The new areas for growth to be opened up for development are clearly marked and divided into smaller plots, which are reorganized by making provisions for roads, water supply, sewerage and other public amenities.
The state government had written a letter to AAI chairman in February 2011, expressing willingness to provide 1200 acre land in Silao circle of Nalanda district, around 80km southeast of Patna, for a new airport. The AAI, however, rejected the plea and, instead, asked for 4800 acre land for a greenfield airport in Nalanda.
30/10/17 Times of India