Friday, January 10, 2020

Halwara airport: Work may get delayed if govt fails to get mutation of the land in name of AAI

Ludhiana: Work on the proposed international airport at Halwara may get delayed if the state government doesn’t get the mutation of the land at Sahnewal and at Halwara (to be acquired) done in the name of the Airport Authority of India (AAI), a senior AAI officer has said. Meanwhile, Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (Glada), that is acquiring the land for the project at Aittiana in Raikot, is likely to organise a public hearing on January 10 and 11, wherein landowners whose land is coming in the project will be heard.
The district administration had said that a procedure had to be followed for land acquisition and it included studying its impact on society and environment, among others. The DC, Pardeep Aggarwal, said that the AAI should tie up with the civil aviation department for getting the government notification done. He added that the mutation would be done immediately after they provide the notification.

“After issuing a notification, separate notices will be served on every landowner about acquisition and their objections would be sought. Then Glada will organise a public hearing on January 10 and 11. After discussing with people, the land price will be calculated,” he said. “The final announcement of acquiring land will be made by January 15. The person, whose land comes under the project, should visit the Glada office, collect money and hand over the possession of his land to the authorities. By January 31, we expect to have possession of the land. Acquisition will be done by the Punjab government. The AAI will develop the infrastructure,” the deputy commissioner said.

Earlier, he had said that the AAI had started the work and allotted tenders for soil testing to develop the airport design and environment impact assessment report. The DC said, “The third step is to construct the boundary wall. I have learnt that the AAI had sought construction estimates from the public works department (PWD). The main issue is that of the terminal and hopefully it will be completed as early as possible.”
10/01/20 Shariq Majeed/Times of India
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