Saturday, November 25, 2017

Airport development: 75 families need to be evicted, says study

Thiruvananthapuram: The first phase of the Social Impact Assessment Study for land acquisition of development of Trivandrum International Airport has identified 75 families for eviction. That means around 300 people will have to be evicted from Vallakkadavu-Vayyamoola region soon for development works.
Loyal College of Social Sciences, which has been entrusted with the study of the rehabilitation of the affected people in Vallakadavu, Pettah and Muttathara has completed the first phase in which the number of residents to be evicted has been finalized.
The airport authority was allotted 18.53 acres in Vallakadavu, Pettah and Muttathara for development of the international terminal in 2014, but, they were unable to initiate land acquisition.
The government gave the directive for SIA study following demand from the residents. The demarcation of the land to be acquired for airport development was completed by the agency in August. The survey began last month after district collector K Vasuki visiting the area and assured locals of proper rehabilitation measures.
"There are on the average four to five members in a family. And also there are people who do not have title deeds on the land, where they are staying for past many years. We will include all these details in the final draft, which will be presented to the residents," said Father Sabu P Thomas, vice-principal of Loyola College who leads the social impact study team.
After the approval of final draft by the residents, the agency is likely to submit the full Social Impact Assessment study report by January, 2018 to the government.
As part of the next phase, the agency will conduct a meeting with the land owners of an uninhabited portion of the allotted 18.53 acres on December 2. A total of 27 people, who own the uninhabited area of 6 acres had submitted consent to surrender their property for airport development.
25/11/17 Times of India