Protest ends, survey of KIAL runway extension recommences

With the consent from action committee protesting against the extension of the runway of the Kannur International Airport, the deferred survey work resumed. Ports Minister K. Babu has said the hurdles for acquiring the additional land have been cleared and the extension would be from 3050 meters to 3400 meters.

As the action committee of local residents agreed to the extension, the works stalled 90 days ago have recommenced.

The minister said that work was progressing at record speed despite the loss of 90 days due to protest against blasting. He added that 50 percent of runway and terminal building works were completed and 80 per cent of apron and tower works were finished.

“The works were progressing at a record speed and there were no financial constraints as Kannur International Airport Ltd. (KIAL) was attracting investment from the public and institutions”, said Mr. Babu, visiting the airport project site.

Two investors have made an investment of Rs. 25 crore each and have been inducted into the director board of KIAL, he disclosed adding that the Airport Authority of India has already invested Rs. 50 crore out of Rs. 100 crore it has committed.

As per the existing plan, the trial landing would be held by December 31, 2015.