Thiruvananthapuram | Kerala government today decided to give fair and just compensation to those whose lands were being acquired for the development of the Kozhikode international airport runway. The decision in this regard was taken at the cabinet meeting, Information and Culture Affairs Minister K C Joseph told reporters here.
He said government had decided to give fair and just compensation to those whose lands will be acquired for further development of the runway of the airport. Many persons were willing to give their land and Kozhikode District Collector would negotiate with the owners and take a decision, he said. The runway expansion work had been facing road block as land acquisition proceedings were limping.
The Karipur International Airport was till recently one of the busiest airports in the country. But due to instability of its runway, the authorities had partially closed it, resulting in drastic reduction of services by various airlines and cancellation of wide-bodied aircraft to Kozhikode.
This had caused hardships not only to the travellers from the districts of Kozhikode, Malappuram and Wayanad, but also adversely affecting the farmers and exporters from this region who send their products to the Gulf region. The Greater Malabar Initiative, an organisation working for the betterment of the North Kerala region, had recently met the Chief Minister seeking his intervention in the matter.
Joseph said the government decided to give free the land in the possession of 32 poor families in Krishnagiri village in Sultan Bathery in Waynad. In Ambi valley and Angel Valley in Kottayam district, a total of 904 persons will be given title deeds for the lands in their possession since Jan one, 1977 as per the Kerala Land Assignment Act.
The Kottayam Collector had been entrusted with the task, he said. A memorial will be built for Malayalam novelist and short story writer Vaikom Muhammed Basheer at Vaikom in Kottayam district, the Minister said. Mahouts with over eight years of experience would be made permanent staff in the forest department.
The cabinet also decided to enhance the compensation being given to farmers for destruction of coconut palms, bananna, rubber, cashew trees due to inclement weather conditions. The extra financial burden would be met by the Agricultural department.
The National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH), which has been upgraded as central univeristy, will be given 50 acre land at nearby Vithura to develop its campus. Joseph said seven new police stations would be set up in various districts.
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