Civil aviation Minister Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, has written to Kerala
Chief Minister requesting his personal intervention in expediting the matters
for strengthening of aviation Infrastructure in the state. A civil aviation
ministry release however did not identify the airport where the infra is sought
to be toned up.
Mr Scindia has drawn attention of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, on
issues that are impacting the implementation of various projects pertaining to
aviation sector in Kerala:
The Airport Authority of India has projected a land requirement of 152.5
acres which is yet to be handed over by the State Government. Out of this, 137 acres will be used for
development of apron, construction of new terminal building and cargo complex
and remaining 15.25 acres will be used for car parking.
The callous attitude
of the Ministry towards development of airports in southern parts of the
An official release issued by the civil aviation ministry however has
identified the name of the airport in Kerala where the ministry proposes to
build a terminal building and cargo complex.
This only reveals the callous attitude of the Ministry towards
development of airports in southern parts of the country according to airline
industry sources. The focus of the ministry soon after Mr Scindia took over as
minister is only on Madhya Pradesh especillay Gwalior his home town and
Maharastra, the state where his ancestors belonged to.
An amount of Rs.5.29 crore is outstanding on part of the State Government
as VGF share against Regional Air Connectivity Fund Trust (RACFT).
AAI has embarked upon development and expansion of airports in the country
at a cost of Rs. 20,000 Crore in the next 4-5 years in order to meet the
growing passenger demand in the country.