The Tamil Nadu government has given a nod to the acquisition of 50.2 acres of land at Kolapakkam by the Airport Authority of India (AAI). This land will be used for the expansion of Chennai airport.
In August 2017, AAI had announced its intention to acquire patta lands at Kolapakkam village in Kancheepuram district to set up hangars and fuel farms as part of Chennai airport. In June, 30.57 acres of land were notified at Manapakkam village in Alandur taluk.
AAI has plans to acquire 184 acres of land for the project. Plots have been identified at different locations, including Kolapakkam, Manapakkam, Pallavaram Cantonment, Pozhichalur, Pammal and Cowl Bazaar.
Officials have informed that a separate wing for acquisition, led by a district revenue officer, is involved in the preparation of a draft compensation plan for the land owners, which would need to be approved by the government. Around 97 survey numbers have been identified for acquisition at Kolapakkam while at Manapakkam, 44 survey numbers have been selected.
To improve the aviation infrastructure in the state, the expansion scheme was launched in 2007 when the state government granted administrative sanction for 1069.99 acres of land. Out these, 852.88 acres were de-notified in 2014. Till now, only 130.12 acres of land have been handed over to the AAI.
Officials have stated that another six months would be required to execute land acquisition and compensation payments to the beneficiaries.