Wednesday, December 29, 2021

CM urged to intervene, speed up Trichy airport runway expansion

Trichy: Aviation enthusiasts and activists have sought the intervention of chief minister M K Stalin in the expansion of the runway at the Trichy international airport, which has been dragging on for more than a decade. They also urged the trade, commerce and tourism fraternity in Trichy to give a clear insight to the local ministers on this issue.

The airport terminal has exhausted its capacity owing to the increasing international and domestic traffic. As per the proposals made by the Airport Authority of India in 2010, they had sought 12,500 feet of land to enable the airport to handle wide-body aircraft, which would enhance passenger and cargo handling capacity.

However, the process of acquiring the required land from defence and state government has been going at a snail’s pace, enthusiasts said.

There is no second opinion that all the airports in the state should be developed. But, when compared to other airports, Trichy international airport is second to Chennai in earning revenue as well as foreign remittance to the state. So, the state government should give due preference to expand the existing runway of Trichy airport, H Ubaidullah, an independent researcher on aviation, said.

“Acquisition of defence land is required for the overall expansion of the airport, which includes the construction of the new terminal building. There is no connection between the defence land and the runway expansion. If the land owned by local people was acquired, the expansion work can be started on the very next day. So, the state government should do the needful to acquire the required land,” he stressed.

29/12/21 Times of India

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