Monday, November 05, 2018

Another airport plan in Kerala gathers steam

Thiruvananthapuram: After Kannur International Airport took wings, the government has fast-tracked the proposed airstrip at Periye in Kasaragod that is expected to become a feeder unit for Kannur, Kozhikode, Mangaluru and Bengaluru airports.

With the Centre also asking the state government about the viability of the airstrip meant for air taxis that can operate to all the four airports, the government has completed the survey and is moving at a fast pace to acquire the 80 acres required for the project. The government already owns 23 acres, and the 20 occupants of the remaining 57 acres of private land have expressed their willingness to part with their land for the project. The project dates back to almost two decades, when E K Nayanar was chief minister.

"We have completed the land survey and the report has been submitted to the government on October 23. The social impact survey has also been completed. The government has also spoken to the 20 families who have agreed to part with the land," Kasaragod district collector D Sajith Babu said.

The government has also constituted a committee consisting of principal secretaries of finance and transport, managing director of Cochin International Airport Ltd (Cial), Kasaragod district collector and managing director of Bekal Resorts Development Corporation Ltd for the purpose.
05/11/18 KP Saikiran/Times of India

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