Residents seek Government’s help
Valparai MLA M. Arumugam opposed the proposal to acquire 1,566 acres of land for the expansion of the Coimbatore International Airport.
In a statement issued here, the Communist Party of India leader said that this acquisition would threaten the residences of thousands of persons belonging to economically weaker sections.
Further, a number of small industries in the region would also be affected, which will threaten the livelihood of a large number of workers.
A Corporation middle school and three private schools in the region would also have to be uprooted, which will jeopardise the education of hundreds of students.
While voicing support for the efforts to upgrade the Coimbatore Airport to global standards, he said that this cannot be done at the expense of a large number of people.
The MLA urged the Union Civil Aviation Ministry and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to formulate an alternative development plan which will not cause hardship to the public.
Resident-members of the Kovai Vimana Nilaya Virivakka Makkal Ethirpu Kuzhu (People’s Committee Opposed to the Expansion of Coimbatore Airport) on Monday sought the State Government’s help in protecting their livelihood, which they said was threatened by the move to acquire 1,566 acres of land to expand the airport.
They said that if the authorities were to acquire the land for a second runway at the airport, more than 30,000 people in the middle and lower income group families from SIHS Colony would be put to untold hardships.
The residents would lose their houses and livelihood. Nearly 10,000 workers would also lose their employment as the factories and workshop in the area would also be demolished to facilitate the expansion.
The Government should intervene in such a manner that the people did not lose their livelihood.
‘Economically weaker sections and small scale industries will be affected’