Trial flight to land in Kannur Airport by Dec 31

Monday, Sep 28, 2015,19:55 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kannur | Excise and Port Minister and Aviation in Charge K Babu today said the trial flight would land at the Kannur International Airport limited (KIAL) by December 31 and the related construction works are going on fast pace and satisfactory manner and is expected to be completed on record time.
Minister Babu said this while addressing a review meeting at Moorkhanparamba, the site of KIAL near Mattanur. He said there had been a delay twice that took almost 93 days, including loss of 60 days completely due to rains and the protest for blasting from the side of local residents.
He said the survey for land acquisition of 350 metres for the extension for the runway from the existing 3050 to 3400 metres has been started today under the supervision of District Collector P Balakiran. The action committee of the people has assured their cooperation from today for the survey.
He said normally a airport would take 3 to 5 years for completion the works.But in KIAL, only two years was taken the work on which  started by November 2013.
Mr Babu said 50 per cent of terminal building and  arrival flooring works was completed and work on departure terminals going on .
While the 80 per cent works on the apron work was completed, 50 per cent of the runway and 80 per cent of control  works have been completed.
KSEB has assured to supply power by end of November and water authority
assured of completion of the work.
There is a lot interest being shown in the project from various corners, including many banks who are coming forward to lend the money for KIAL. Interestingly, KIAL has already signed eight agreements, including one with Airports Authority of India (AAI). Two agreements would be soon signed with the Customs Emigration and CISF for security purposes.
The AAI had agreed to invest 100 crore of which Rs 50 crores had already been received while Rs 25 crore had come from private investors, who would be given director board membership.
Two people including Yousuf Ali and Dr Shahid have invested Rs25 crore each and over 5 lakh shares taken by people, he added.
On the road infrastructure to the airport, he said that government is thinking on bringing three packages to improve the existing three roads besides the green field road.
Collectors has been entrusted with the work of carrying out survey for green field road and providing good package for rehabilitation of people affected by the project.
Mr Babu further said  the talks were going on with the Union Surface Minister for connecting the National Highway to the airport.
MP P K Sremathi, MLAs E P Jayarajan, A P Abdullak Kutty, District Collector P Balakiran and KIAL Managing Director Chandra Maoli also attended the review meeting.