Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Coimbatore airport runway project: Tamil Nadu seeks Centre’s intervention

Chennai: Tamil Nadu minister for municipal administration and rural development S P Velumani has urged the Centre to reconsider the expansion of Coimbatore airport to keep the business growth of the area.
 The state government acquired 627.89 acres of land for the expansion of the airport. The land was acquired under the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Acquisition of Land for Industrial Purposes Act 1997 in 2017. However, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) sought only 365 acres for extension of runaway at the airport. Following this, Velumani had urged the AAI authorities to reconsider its plan, but in vain.
 On Tuesday, Velumani, submitted a memorandum in this regard to Union railway minister Piyush Goyal. He requested the AAI for revision of area to be acquired from 627.89 to 365 acres for extension of runaway at the airport. The minister stated that it “may be reconsidered and the present process for acquiring 627.89 acres may be allowed to be continued towards completion of the extension of the airport in the interest of the business growth of the area under the ministry of civil aviation.”
 12/06/19 Shanmughasundaram/Times of India
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