Saturday, December 23, 2017

Airport authority presents development plan to govt

Thiruvananthapuram: As the social impact assessment study, conducted ahead of land acquisition for development of Trivandrum International Airport is concluded, the airport authorities have met the chief secretary and presented the proposals.
Airport director George G Tharakan, presented the development plans. The major demand for the airport development was to expedite the land acquisition process.
The airport authorities have prepared a project for the extension plans on the 18 acres of land, which was approved by the headquarters.
Loyola College of Social Science, entrusted with the SIA study, has completed the data collection for the study. "We have completed the data collection and survey on the demands of the evictees and landowners. We are preparing the final draft. The date of public hearing of the SIA study is yet to be finalized," said Fr Sabu P Thomas of Loyola College of Social Sciences, who leads the social impact study team.
"Besides expediting the SIA study, we have also requested to consider the requirement of additional land for the extension of parallel taxi track and land for the basic strip," said Tharakan.
The airport requires additional 10 acres for the extension of parallel taxi track (1,880m), which is constructed at a shorter length of the runway (3,373m). Also, 14 acres is required for the basic strip, which is mandatory for a licensed airport, as per the DGCA guidelines. The 150m basic strip on either side of the runway reduces the impact of accidents in case an aircraft skids while landing.
23/12/17 Times of India