Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Land acquisition delays new airport tender

Rajkot: Work on the proposed new international airport at Rajkot is yet to take off even six months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid its foundation.
The reason being that the district authority has not handed over the land to the Airport Authority of India (AAI), delaying the tendering process by a month and a half.
Just few days before the Gujarat assembly elections were announced last year, PM Modi had laid the foundation stone for the new international greenfield airport near Hirasar, about 30km from Rajkot city. The environment clearance was obtained in October the same year.
The 1,085-hectare land is required for the Rs 2,500-crore airport project, of which 295 hectare was provided initially by the district authorities but rest of the land was not handed over to the AAI as proposed to initiate the bidding process. When contacted, Rajkot airport director, B K Das said, “The procedure to hand over the land has not been done. Once the land is with us work will start.”
03/04/18 Times of India