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Trichy airport expansion work picks up pace as land acquisition begins

 விமானநிலைய விரிவாக்கத்திற்காக பாரதிநகர் விஸ்தரிப்பு பகுதியில் நிலம் கையகப்படுத்தும் பணி தொடங்கியது

Revenue officials have commenced the process of acquiring private lands including residential areas for airport terminal building expansion work at Trichy International Airport. A team of officials surveyed and earmarked 42 houses out of 300 habitations. Officials have been instructed by the district administration to complete the process before December 15, so that civil work could be started in March 2018.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has planned to expand the airport for which a new state-of-the-art two-level integrated terminal is going to be constructed at a cost of Rs 897 crore.
The new facility would have a basement with an airside corridor, approach road in such a way so that it can handle both international as well as domestic passengers and canopy for passenger facilitation. In the meantime, land acquisition for airport runway expansion work was also getting apace.
Out of the required land of 683.32 acres to expand the existing runway length of 8,150sqft to 12,500sqft, administrative approval has been given only for 345.62 acres. This included 116 acres of fertile lands located at Kottapattu, Keelakuruchi, Keela Kalkandarkottai villages.

To execute the land acquisition, an 18-member special team headed by a tahsildar was formed three months back. The team has commenced its work and would be handing over the land to AAI soon.
Meanwhile, the special team headed by tahsildar Manikandan and other revenue staff visited the residential area of Bharathi Nagar and extension area of J K Nagar just opposite to the airport and conducted a survey to ascertain the total area, number of houses, how many are old and new and the value etc. A total of 42 houses were earmarked on Thursday.
According to officials, a total of 300 habitations have been earmarked for the airport expansion work in Trichy East and Thiruverumbur area and they will be surveyed in the coming days.
Some of the residents have raised objections to the acquisition. So, they have been asked to air their objections within 30 days, an official said and added, "We have been asked to complete the process before December 15. We are working accordingly.".


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