Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Activists allege bid to stall Surat airport development

Surat: A group of city-based aviation activist group We Want Working Airport at Surat (WWWAS) have alleged that attempted were being made by various stakeholders with vested interest to stall Surat airport’s development.

They plan to launch a campaign against these attempts being made to stall the development of Surat airport by creating awareness through personal meetings and social media campaigns.

“One section of the builder lobby is trying to promote the idea of the need for more skyscrapers. Through this, they are trying to create pressure on various stakeholders including government bodies. In the past too this lobby floated the idea of shifting the airport to Navsari,” said Sanjay Jain, a WWWAS member.

Around 95,000 members of WWWAS, majority of whom are frequent flyers are worried ever since the discussion over skyscraper development started in the city. It is argued that due to the funnel area on both ends of the Surat Airport there is no space left for the development of skyscrapers in a large portion of Vesu or Dumas.

02/06/21 Yagnesh Bharat Mehta/Times of India

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