Tree cutting, land work in full swing: K. Babu

Kannur International Airport Ltd. (KIAL) and infrastructure and engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T) on Tuesday signed an agreement for the Rs.694-crore engineering, procurement, construction (EPC I) contract for Kannur airport, the fourth international airport of the State.

KIAL Chief Project Engineer K.P. Jose and L&T general manager & head for roads, runways, and elevated corridors K.V. Praveen signed the agreement in the presence of Minister for Excise, Ports, and Airports K. Babu and KIAL Managing Director G. Chandramouli.

Mr. Babu told mediapersons that tree cutting and development of land was in full swing for the airport coming up at the Keezhallur grama panchayat and the Mattannur municipality. The aim was to commission the airport in December 2015, he said.

The work on EPC II, to ensure that the first flight took off from the airport in December 2015, was also in full swing. The request for qualification (RFQ) for EPC II would be floated in January next and the aim was to award the work by May 2014, the Minister said.

It had been decided to change the equity structure to give more space to the public sector as there were not much takers from the private sector for the 49 per cent equity earmarked for them. Federal Bank and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had shown interest in investing in the airport project, Mr. Babu said in reply to queries. The government was going slow on the proposed airports at Wayanad and Idukki in the wake of opposition from people.

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