185 acres to be got at a cost of Rs. 121 crore
The district administration has submitted a proposal to the State government to acquire 185 acres to be handed over to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for expanding the new concrete runway, D.R. Ashok, Assistant Commissioner, Mangalore sub-division, has said.
Stating this at the meeting of the Karnataka Development Programme Review Committee here on Monday, he said it had been proposed to acquire the land at a cost of Rs. 121 crore, of which Rs. 115 crore would be spent on land acquisition and Rs. 5 crore for rehabilitating the people who lose their land.
The AAI has sought 285 acres for the purpose, and a proposal seeking permission to issue preliminary notification to acquire 185 acres has been sent. The land acquisition cost has been estimated at four times above the rates fixed by the sub-registrar for the area.
Meanwhile, according to J.T. Radhakrishna, Director, Mangalore International Airport, the airport has proposed to extend the runway by 1,130m from 2,400m.
When the runway is extended to 3,530m, the airport can handle larger aircraft (such as Boeing 747) having a carrying capacity of maximum 400 passengers. Currently, aircraft operating from the airport can carry a maximum of 180 passengers.
B. Ramanath Rai, Minister in charge of Dakshina Kannada who presided over the meeting, said the proposal would be taken up for moving it further at a meeting with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in Bangalore on November 13. Some other issues of the district would also be discussed in that meeting.
Bharatlal Meena, Principal Secretary in charge of Dakshina Kannada, told the meeting there could be no takers for the runway expansion project on a PPP mode. Hence it was better that the State acquired the land and allowed the AAI to take up expansion project.
Mr. Rai said that issues relating to closing the Shiradi Ghat route for repair works would be discussed at another meeting here on November 15. The alternative roads, types of vehicles to be allowed on those roads, and the duration of closing the Ghat route would be decided.
The Airports Authority of India has sought a total of 285 acres for the project
The airport has proposed to extend the runway by 1,130m from 2,400m
Source :The Hindu