Kannur, Jun 6 UNI | 2 months ago

Minister for Excise and Ports and in charge of Airports K Babu today said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will lay the foundation stone for construction of Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) with a capacity of 75,000 square meter on July 5.

Addressing a press conference at Kannur International Airport Limited (KIAL) project site after reviewing the project status here, Mr Babu said the PTB had a capacity of 2,000 in a peak hour and it was an integrated terminal for both international and domestic. The three companies, ITD Cementation Indian limited, Larsen and Tourbo Limited and Shaporji Pallonji and Compnay Limited were pre-qualified while tender for technical bid and the financial bid would be open on June 21 in the KIAL board meeting, which was convened by Chief Minister at Thriuvananathapuram.

The Director Board would give work order to the attractive proposal submitted by one of the above companies.

Mr Babu said the construction work of runway was started on February 2, 2014, by L& T company and the work was going on fast.

He said 20.88 lakh cubic metre earth works in 512 acres like cutting and filling was already completed and it was expected that the work would be finished next month.

Mr Babu said the construction works would not stop during the rainy season and per day 600 employees, 206 different machines were used under the supervision of about 100 Engineers.

He said the 100 acres of land was needed for further extension of runway to 3400 metres from the existing plan of 3050 metres, so the government had given direction to District Collector P Balakiran for direct purchase through negotiations with local residents to considering the urgency for the land acquisition.

Mr Babu said there was no money problem for the KIAL project and the works would be completed in a time bound manner.

He said all the political parties, people representatives and trade unions were cooperating.

Mr Babu said the equity of the government share was revised to 35 from the present 26 per cent in the Public- Private- Partenership (PPP) mode, Airport Authority of India assured to invest Rs 260 crore. Meanwhile, BPCL had also agreed to invest additional Rs 40 crore and revise the equity share to 1000 crore.

He said the government share was revised due to the absence of interest shown by the people under private sector and the government was ready to give more shares to individuals.

To a question, Mr Babu said the land acquisition for the access roads to the airport would begin only after the completion of land acquisition works for the airport project.

Some protests were shown by the people while land acquisition work for Kannur-Mattanur Road was taken up. However, all the barricades would be removed with the help of people representatives and political parties through negotiations, he said.

(Posted on 06-06-2014)