Nagaland Public Rights Forum questions feasibility of land acquired for Chiethu Airport
Nagaland Public Rights Awareness and Action Forum (NPRAAF), on Friday, questioned the feasibility of the land acquired by the state government for the construction of an airport at Ciethu Greenfield in Kohima.
According to the forum, a huge plot of land was acquired without obtaining a feasibility report and technical clearance from the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and the Civil Aviation Ministry.
While congratulating Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio for obtaining No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Ministry of Defence for establishing an airport, the NPRAAF, however, said the most important question is, whether AAI has conducted a survey and issued eco-techno, feasibility and safety clearance for development of greenfield Airport at proposed Chiethu Airport.
“The CM may be pleased to enlighten the state whether defence ministry or civil aviation ministry is the right body to conduct a survey and issue NOC and whether NOC from the Defence Ministry is good enough to go ahead with the purchase of land and construction of approach road and other needful development for establishing an airport?” the forum questioned.
Furthermore, the forum stated that the issue doesn't only relate to the development and paying off huge compensation but, concerns the safety of future air passengers, which cannot be taken lightly.
It may be mentioned that the Ministry of Defence gave the much-awaited NOC to the under-construction Chiethu Airport on Thursday. Covering an area of 645 acres, Chiethu is going to be the second airport in the state after Dimapur. It is located 25kms north of Kohima.
“Grateful to the Min. of Defence for conveying "No Objection” for Ciethu Airport, Kohima. The airport aims at fulfilling the aspiration of air connectivity to all state capitals. We'll ensure fulfilment of conditions & modalities. We remain grateful to @rajnathsingh for his support,” Nagaland CM had tweeted on July 15.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)
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