Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Land acquisition for Calicut airport runs into rough weather

Kozhikode: Land acquisition for the expansion of Calicut International Airport has run into rough weather with the State government allegedly showing a lackadaisical attitude towards the proposal submitted by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).

The AAI had earlier requested the government to acquire 248 acres for the expansion of the runway and the construction of a new terminal. Later, this was reduced to 135 acres so that the terrain would be filled to increase the runway from its existing length of 2,700 m. The AAI had also committed to fund Rs1,000 crore for the expansion.

Subsequently, the government had asked the district collectors of Malappuram and Kozhikode to identify hills in these districts for landfilling. Now, with ecologists attributing the recent floods and landslips in the districts to rampant quarrying, the project would not take off, an AAI official said.
04/09/18 Biju Govind/The Hindu