Sunday, October 28, 2018

Just promises, no progress in Trichy airport expansion project

Trichy: Even as 18 months have passed since the state government granted administrative sanction to acquire about 345 acres of land for expanding the Trichy international airport, the land acquisition works have not seen any major progress thus far. At a meeting on Saturday, the airport advisory committee said that a series of meetings involving Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the district administration would be convened from the second week of November to expedite the land acquisition for extending the airport’s runway from 8,136 feet to 12,500 feet.

The previous advisory committee meeting was held on June 17 last year when it had promised to complete the acquisition of 345.62 acres of the state government’s land in a year. The committee now says that the acquisition may take a year more. In all, 683.32 acres of land is needed for extension of the airport’s runway.

“Pattathammal street residents whose land is required for acquisition have agreed to take the alternative land identified near Kulapattu road in Sempattu. However, 35 landowners in Keelakurichi and Keezha Kalkandarkottai hamlets have approached Madurai bench of Madras high court seeking higher compensation,” Trichy MP, P Kumar, chairman of the advisory committee, said. He also added that more meetings would be convened from next month involving revenue and AAI officials to expedite the land acquisition.
28/10/18 Times of India

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