CPM to take out protest march to Calicut Airport

Monday, Jun 29, 2015,20:21 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kozhikode | The Communist Party of India (Marxist) will take out a march to Calicut International Airport, near here, on July two to protest the Centre’s and the Kerala Government’s policies that ”adversely affected” the aerodrome.
Talking to reporters CPI (M) Kozhikode District Committee Secretary P Mohanan claimed the airport is on the brink of closure following denial of permission for landing to wide-body aircraft on the pretext of runway re-carpeting and maintenance.
The situation will turn for worse from September when the maintenance work is scheduled to begin, he said.
Similar works in other airports were completed in a record time but the authorities took an adamant stand as far as Calicut Airport was concerned, hitting hard thousands of people who are dependent on it directly and indirectly.
Stating cargo movement, too, drastically declined from the airport, he said 25 tonnes of fruits and vegetables were exported now instead of earlier figure of 2,000 tonne a month.
Businesses, loading and unloading works were curtailed and taxi drivers were not getting passengers as a result of partial closure adversely impacting the airport, which was rated one of the busiest among 12 airports in the country.
Flaying the Airports Authority of India for partially closing the airport, which was also rated as one among the four-profit making aerodromes out of 111 in the public sector, for two years for maintenance work, he said it had failed to carry out repairs works despite identification of cracks on the runway in 2013 hitting hard passengers during Haj pilgrimage.
Calling upon people from all walks of life to join the stir, he urged the authorities to complete the maintenance and other works without curtailing flight operations from the airport.