Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has convened a meeting on May 9 to discuss ways of expediting land acquisition for the Calicut international airport here.

The meeting has been called in Mr. Chandy's chamber in Thiruvananthapuram on a representation submitted by the Calicut International Airport Development Society (Ciads) on Monday seeking his intervention to speed up the land acquisition as delay in airport development was causing a lot of hardship to the public and airline operators.

In response to the representation from Ciads representatives K. Moidu, general secretary Sabeer Cheruvadi, and Calicut Chamber of Commerce and Industry secretary T. Vasu, Mr. Chandy directed Minister for Airports K. Babu to convene a meeting to explore ways of quickening the land acquisition process.

Land requirement

As much as 157 acres of land is needed for the expansion of the airport, as there has been a steady increase in air traffic through the airport since its inauguration on April 13, 1988, and launch of flights to foreign countries four years later.

Though the airport was granted international status on February 1, 2006, international airlines started operating from the airport only in 2008.

The increase in the volume of traffic has thrown up problems, including cancellation of services at short notice, triggering demands for expansion of the parking bay and runway.

Rehabilitation

In addition to the 137 acres needed for the airport expansion, 20 acres is needed for rehabilitating people who will be displaced by the land acquisition.

The Ciads delegation appealed to Mr. Chandy to work out a formula acceptable to the people who will be displaced by the land acquisition.


  • To discuss ways

    to speed up land

    acquisition

  • Delay in expansion causing hardship

    to people


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