Airport: AAI report in three weeks

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Company to be floated for the implementation of the project

Airports Authority of India chairman V.P. Agarwal holds talks with Ports Minister M. Vijayakumar

Project to be a public-private venture

KATTAPPANA: The expert team of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is expected to submit its report on setting up an airport at Anakkara in Idukki district within three weeks. Once the report is submitted, a company will be formed for the implementation of the project.

K. Francis George, MP, who held detailed talks with top officials of AAI, told The Hindu on Saturday that the proposed airport would not be a mere airstrip, as the aim is to tap the tourism potential of the district.“If chartered flights are to be brought for tapping the tourism potential, the necessary facilities should be there and Anakkara has the land available for this,” he said.

Holds talks

Airports Authority of India chairman V.P. Agarwal, who reached Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday, held a detailed discussion regarding the proposed airport in Idukki with Minister for Ports and Parliamentary Affairs M. Vijayakumar.

Sources said that once the technical report is submitted, the State government will send a formal proposal for setting up the airport to the Civil Aviation Ministry, which will take a final decision on this.

The project will be a public-private venture and the State government will bear a portion of the amount along with AAI, according to sources. Clarence is also required for an eight-km stretch for landing of flights.

Mr. George said that it is unlikely to have any problem with land acquisition as the private holdings have title deeds. Since the State government is keen to begin the project as early as possible, delay in its realisation is ruled out.

Road development

Central government has sanctioned the widening of the Kottayam-Kumily Road and Kochi-Madurai Road and the airport will have road connectivity in accordance with the requirements, he said.

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