Consensus needed for airport development, says Minister


Only a consensus between the Airport Authority of India and local residents will speed up the land acquisition for the proposed expansion of the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar has said.

Reacting to a statement by the Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI), which was published in The Hindu on Saturday, the Minister said he and Shashi Tharoor, MP, had participated in several discussions held on the issue with local residents, religious leaders, and political parties.

Talks were held in the Chief Minister’s presence as well, but a consensus on the land acquisition had remained elusive.

It was the absence of this consensus that delayed the project, he said, refuting the allegation of the TCCI that the project was delayed due to ‘vote bank politics’ despite the 18 acres of land, sought by the AAI for the project, being notified and people expressing their willingness to vacate.

The chamber had also demanded an exclusive Minister for Development of the Capital Region to expedite key projects that were in limbo, citing the alleged failure by Mr. Sivakumar and Mr. Tharoor, to attend a meeting convened by the government to discuss the land acquisition for the airport expansion project.

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