The much talked about expansion plan of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport is facing multiple impediments mostly pertaining to relocating around 350 families living in Kubernagar and Sardarnagar areas. Their relocation is likely to cause significant expenditure to State government.
Sources revealed that AAI chairman, Guruprasad Mohapatra and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPI) Director, Manoj Gangal, emphasised on the land requirements to expand the prevailing parallel taxi track to encounter the future growth of air traffic, in adherence to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) regulations. In a meeting held on February 23, the proposal related to land requirements was placed before the State’s Chief Secretary J N Singh and the then Ahmedabad collector, Avantika Singh.
Officials of the AAI requested 23.65 acres of land for the extension of the parallel taxi track, 29.79 acres for the runway safety area and 3.87 acres for broadening the basic strip. The state roads and buildings department has already acquired 29.79 acres of land for the runway safety area, however, the same was not given to the AAI for several reasons.
The official document revealed that widening of the basic strip for the airport is not feasible since Kubernagar (a nearby locality) houses several bungalows, multi-storey houses and factories. Considering all this, the AAI may review the requirement of land again so as to have minimal disturbance to the families living in this area.
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