Monday, August 27, 2018

Process on to get 39 acres for airport runway strip expansion project

Mangaluru: The process of getting 39 acres for the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for developing its airport in Mangaluru is on, according to Sasikanth Senthil S., Deputy Commissioner, Dakshina Kannada.

The AAI had sought 33 acres from the State government for widening the basic strip of the runway. The runway strip is meant for ensuring safety of an aircraft in case of overrunning, undershooting and veering-off the runway during landing or take off.

Speaking after inaugurating a seminar on “Introduction to air services and air cargo” organised by the Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) here on Saturday, Mr. Senthil said that land owners were demanding outright purchase of their land at market rate. It included some small portions of their land which, otherwise, would be of no use to them. Hence, the district administration has proposed the government to get 39 acres, including six more acres than that sought by the AAI. The process is not yet completed.

The Deputy Commissioner said that Mangaluru International Airport is equipped to operate efficiently for the next five decades. It would be developed further and there is no proposal to have another airport in the region now.
27/08/18 The Hindu
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