• Defence department agrees to give land for runway expansion

    One more hurdle in the way of the runway expansion at the Trichy airport was cleared as the ministry of defence gave an in-principle nod to accept alternative land in exchange for the land which will be handed over to the Airport Authority of India (AAI) for the expansion works.
    According to P Kumar MP, who chaired the Airport Advisory Committee meeting held at the Trichy international airport here on Saturday, out of the 510 acres of land needed for the runway expansion, 165 acres was attached with the defence department.
    “As per norms, airport authorities have identified the alternative land to be handed over. Since authorities from the defence in principle accepted to hand over the land for expansion purpose, a major obstacle has been cleared,” he said.
    Regarding the remaining 345 acres, which comprises purambokku, wet and dry lands, the file is said to be with the transport secretary. “Once the file is signed by the respective authorities, the district revenue officials would expedite the process for acquiring the remaining lands. This would pave way for the expansion of runway from the existing area of 8,000 sqft to 12,000 sqft,” airport authorities said. Jason Spezza Jersey

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