Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Slum dwellers relocated from airport land to make way for longer taxiway

Bhubaneswar: Work on the expansion of the parallel taxiway at Biju Patnaik International Airport is likely to start soon, as the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has addressed the biggest hurdle facing the upgrade — encroachment of land.
The BMC on Monday relocated 110 families from the Farm Gate slum, which had come up on the land needed for the expansion of the parallel taxiway. The BMC has moved the families to Panda Kudia, a locality where they will get a piece of land under Rajiv Awas Yojana.

“The relocation began in the morning. The Panda Kudia locality has been identified for the slum residents’ relocation. There were a few encroachers on that land as well, but we have freed the area of them,” said a BMC officer.

The airport had sought land for the expansion of the taxiway in 2015. The BMC officials said they had received Rs 2 crore from the Airports Authority of India to rehabilitate the residents of the slum. The relocation took four years, even though the residents had given their consent to the process.

21/01/20 Times of India

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