• Owners oppose land acquisition for airport runway expansion

    A forum of landowners from Karipur, Kondotty, Pallikkal and Nediyiruppu in Malappuram district has opposed the move to acquire land for the expansion of the Calicut International Airport. It announced at a press meet in Kozhikode on Tuesday that a protest march would be taken out on July 26 to the land acquisition office at Karipur.

    The announcement appeared timed to coincide with the meeting Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had called on July 20 in Thiruvananthapuram with the officials, elected representatives and chambers of commerce in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts to break the impasse on airport development, particularly land acquisition.

    While the organisations in Kozhikode had hinted at opposition to the acquisition from some sections in these areas, the forum came out openly on Tuesday to argue that the expansion of the airport through such huge land acquisition was unwarranted.

    Forum chairman C. Mohammed Ali alleged there was a unilateral attempt to acquire land, without any consultations with the owners. For various developments at the airport, land had been acquired 12 times and people had to relocate. Many of these people would have to relocate again if more land were to be acquired. Ronald Leary Womens Jersey

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