Tuesday, October 24, 2017

New airport terminal set to take off

Thiruvananthapuram: The government has finally succeeded in cutting the gordian knot of acquiring 8 hectares of land from Vallakkadavu-Vayyamoola area for further development of Thiruvananthapuram International Airport.

Hundreds of residents staying close to the boundary wall of the airport and on the bank of Parvathy Puthanar and coming under Pettah and Muttathara villages have agreed to part with the land for the Airports Authority of India to construct a new domestic terminal on the city side at the initiative of District Collector K. Vasuki.

Ms. Vasuki, who is also the Managing Director of Thiruvananthapuram International Airport Development Society (TRIADS), was on Monday able to break the ice and to commence survey of 50 cents of land belonging to A. Ashokan under the Vayyamoola Residents Association (VRA) during her maiden visit to the area.

Like Mr. Ashokan, many are parting with the land for the second, third and fourth time since 1972 when land was first acquired for the development of the premier airport. Mr. Ashokan said his family first parted with the land at Chakka in 1972 for the airport and moved to this place.

The hostile attitude of the local residents and protest witnessed in August 2016 when the district administration came to survey the land was missing now. The visit was ahead of the District Collectors conference convened by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, the December deadline set for acquiring land and the commencement of the Social Impact Assessment study in the locality by Loyola School of Social Sciences this week.
24/10/17 S. Anil Radhakrishnan/The Hindu
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