MoEFCC clearance granted for Rajahmundry airport

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has granted environmental clearance for the extension of the runway and other allied works at Rajahmundry airport in Andhra Pradesh at an estimated cost of Rs 1.81 billion. Currently, about 80 per cent of work for the construction of four parking bays has been completed and these are likely to be operational by end-April 2017. Meanwhile, in a separate development, the Kerala government has accorded administrative sanction for initiating the Phase III land acquisition process for the Kannur International Airport project. The latter has been granted permission to acquire a total of 4.15 hectares of land in Keezhallur village of Kannur district and to proceed simultaneously with direct negotiated purchase from landowners who are willing to give consent for such purchase.