Friday, October 02, 2020

'Gannavaram airport has nothing to do with actors' claims'

Gannavaram: The Gannavaram Airports Authority of India (AAI) airport has nothing to do with the claims being made by veteran Telugu film industry personalities Krishnam Raju and Chalasani Ashwini Dutt, and the airport has already started construction on the land pooled and transferred to it by the state government, a source said.

"The lands have already been handed over to us in 2017 itself. It is for the actors and the state government to settle it. We possess the land and we are going ahead with the construction activity," a source told IANS.

Gannavaram airport is 18 km farther from Vijayawada city.

According to the source, the airport is not bothered about who pooled the land with the state government.

"We are not concerned about a single individual. The land in toto, 698 acres, has been given to us by the state government in which their land could be a part of it, we don't know. Because we are not concerned with the individuals," said the source.

In the acquired land, the airport has already extended a runway by 1,074 metres and erected a compound wall. Upcoming projects in the airport include a new integrated terminal building and aprons.

The source said the construction is happening as per the Central government's (AAI) plan.

The source clarified that it is not known how much land Raju or Dutt, 69, gave for pooling.

"That we don't know, we are not really concerned about the individuals. They (government) have not given us the land saying this belongs to him, that belongs to him, like that. The government has given only the survey numbers and the extent in area. The state government has given the land in 2016 November itself," said the source.

02/10/20 Sharon Thambala/IANS/Daijiworld

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